Mr. Naoyuki Haraoka's picture

Japan’s Growing Popularity as a Tourism Hotspot Will Drive Competitive Pressures and Reform in the Japanese Service Sector

The Japanese service sector is attracting much business attention today from international hotel chains, real estate businesses, and other service companies due to the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan. Moreover, the numbers will increase significantly due to the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Dr. Manochehr Dorraj's picture

China’s Strategy in the Middle East: High Profile Economics, Low Profile Politics

China has created two of the largest sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) in the world and has declared the Arab World is going to be one of its SWFs’ major investment destinations.

Dr. Toshiya Ozaki's picture

Growing Interest in Exporting Mega-Infrastructure Projects

As part of Abenomics, Prime Minister Abe Shinzo proposed to boost Japanese infrastructure exports and set a goal of tripling the current volume to thirty trillion yen (US $250 billion) by 2020. Energy, transportation, water, telecommunication, medical and construction industries were targeted as growth areas.

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

China’s Maritime Silk Road Initiative as the Next Great Investment Frontier (or Not)

In 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping launched the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Initiative (MSRI).

Dr. Scott MacDonald's picture

China-Venezuela relations: The Ties that Bind?

Chinese government officials and businesses must be rethinking their commitment to Venezuela. Although the Latin American country holds the largest proven oil reserves in the world, it remains questionable if PDVSA, the state-owned oil company, has the ability to repay the debts it has incurred in past years.

Dr. Amitendu Palit's picture

Bihar Election Outcome and Muted Implications for East Asian Investors

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was defeated decisively in the recent elections in Bihar, one of the India’s largest states. Many commentators felt the election result was a sign of the increasing popular discontent with Modi and his policies.

Dr. Jean-Marc F. Blanchard's picture

A Yam Squeezed Between Two Boulders: The Dilemma of Transferring Technology to China…and Others

Tech firms dealing with China have long had to find ways to please the latter to ensure they have had permission to invest in or sell to China, to enjoy preferential polices afforded foreign investors, or to bid on government contracts.

Dr. Scott MacDonald's picture

The Challenges of China Abroad

Much has been made about the expansion of Chinese multinational companies globally. While commodity prices were up, times were good for both Chinese companies and their local counterparts in Africa, other parts of Asia, and Latin America.

Dr. Jan Knoerich's picture

The Importance of China’s Financial Internationalization for the China-UK Relationship

Economic relations between China and the UK have changed substantially since the last time a Chinese president visited Britain.

Mr. Naoyuki Haraoka's picture

The Changed Mission of Japanese Firm Subsidiaries Overseas

“Supply chain” is a term that captures well the essence of the activities of Japanese firms’ subsidiaries abroad. Their overseas plants, particularly in the machinery industry in Asia, are geared towards manufacturing components to take advantage of cheap labor in other Asian countries. Later the components they produce will be assembled in factories in Japan or other sub headquarters in big cities near their components producing factories.


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