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From Japan with love: Look East is Japan's last chance

  • Aug 6, 2018
COMMENT | Dr Mahathir Mohamad has always been a strong articulate man in a hurry. When he became the fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia in 1981, he was already 54.He once lamented to an interviewer that he wished he was the prime minister sooner. Not because he was crazy about power and the trappings of office, but the possibilities availed by the industrial revolution of the post-World War II.In his trip to Japan in the mid-60s, Mahathir was able to witness (literally) the rise of the proverbial
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Mahathir to visit Japan again

  • Aug 5, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be undertaking a working visit to Fukuoka and Oita in Japan from tomorrow until Aug 9. Wisma Putra in a statement today said Mahathir will be accompanied by his wife Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, Education Minister Maszlee Malik and Transport Minister Anthony Loke, as well as Foreign Ministry officials.During the visit, the prime minister is scheduled to deliver his keynote address at the Japan Future Leaders School and Kyushu Asian Institute of Leadership
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Japan happy to go along with China's leading role in Asia, but...

  • Aug 3, 2018
Japan's ambassador to Malaysia Makio Miyagawa said Japan has little qualms about China taking on a leading role in this region, save for a few reservations.Miyagawa cited the 'flying geese formation' to describe the dynamics between the roles of China and Japan in this region.“A Chinese professor said to me that Japan may not accept the domination of China's economy. I said 'no' to his comment.“The reason is that in the flying geese formation, the birds are supposed to take turns being in fr
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Previous gov't didn't understand Look East philosophy: envoy

  • Aug 3, 2018
The previous BN administration did not fully understand the philosophy of the Look East policy, Japanese ambassador to Malaysian Makio Miyagawa (above) said today.He cited the example of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail (HSR) project where Japan was one of the bidders for the RM55 billion project."On this particular project, the previous administration proposed foreign companies to apply and the companies could come to Malaysia or Singapore and set the rails, operate the trains, offer
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Dr M unsure whether Japan will now give low-interest loan

  • Jul 23, 2018
PARLIAMENT | While Putrajaya is interested in obtaining soft loans from the Japanese government, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is unsure whether Tokyo will provide such low-interest loans.This because the previous BN administration had previously taken high-interest loans from Japan, resulting in costs that were too high for the government to bear.“We are trying to get a Japanese loan facility to reduce the high cost of financing, because the loan interest rate for the previous administra
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Japanese banks open to extending yen credit to Malaysia

  • Jun 18, 2018
Japanese ambassador to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa says Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) is also considering the proposal. PUTRAJAYA: Several Japanese banking institutions are receptive towards extending yen credit in the form of soft loans to Malaysia, said Japanese ambassador to Malaysia Dr Makio Miyagawa.He said the Japanese prime minister sent a “clear-cut” message that the government and private sector should consider the request by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.Ma
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PM hopes Japanese universities will open branches in M'sia

  • Jun 12, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed his hope that Japanese universities will open their branches in Malaysia although there are constraints in their policy and funding.He said the cost of opening a university branch is much lower and Malaysians could avail themselves of Japanese education.At the same time, Mahathir said poor countries from Africa and Asia could send their students to Malaysia without having to go to Japan."We pointed out to them that now we have four British universitie
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Malaysia asking for yen credit to help with national debt, says Dr Mahathir

  • Jun 12, 2018
MALAYSIA is asking Japan for credit as part of efforts to resolve its debt problem, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.Speaking at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Dr Mahathir said he was told Japan was considering the request.“I have explained the financial problem faced by Malaysia, and towards solving this financial problem, I have requested for yen credit from Japan and Mr Abe, the prime minister, will study this request,” Dr Mahathir said.He d
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Experts: Dr M’s Japan visit reduces dependency on China

  • Jun 8, 2018
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is likely to take the opportunity in his upcoming trip to Japan drum up foreign investment and reduce Malaysia’s dependency on China, according to several foreign policy experts.One of them, Universiti Malaysia Sabah associate professor of politics and international relations, Lai Yew Meng, said there may be a need for Malaysia to reduce its trade dependency on China, though a drastic change is not expected since Mahathir had assured China is not a threat.He
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Japan looking forward to revive Look East policy with M'sia

  • Jun 7, 2018
The Japanese government is looking forward to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's plan to revive the Look East policy that he first introduced back in the 1980s.Its ambassador to Malaysia, Makio Miyagawa, said the Japanese government is honoured to host Mahathir as a speaker at the 24th International Conference on the Future of Asia in Tokyo."This is going to be a very good opportunity for us to hear from him the fundamental policies of the new administration."We will certainly welcome the retu
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