January 14, 2013

Japan Turns to Southeast Asia

Jonathan Manthorpe, Vancouver Sun

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The Japanese are increasingly viewing Southeast Asia as an attractive site for major manufacturing facilities. Production costs are increasingly competitive with China's, where Japan's trade dropped off last year largely as a result of the government-stimulated anti-Japanese hysteria among the population. In contrast to China, the countries of Southeast Asia have largely shelved the history of Tokyo's regional imperial militarism of the first half of the last century and welcome Japanese investors.

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