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Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Italian PM Giuseppe Conte agreed to uphold Japan's four conditions for high-quality infrastructure during a bilateral summit in Rome. Italy recently signed on to China's Belt and Road Initiative, sparking concerns the country would fall prey to "debt-trap diplomacy," reports Nikkei.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will visit Slovakia later this month, where he plans to offer Eastern European leaders Japanese-financed infrastructure investments. Abe is expected to raise concerns about China's so-called debt-trap diplomacy, presenting Japan's approach as an alternative to the Belt and Road Initiative, reports Nikkei.
Taking effect Friday, The economic partnership agreement between Japan and the European Union incorporates wide-ranging regulations on data transfer and intellectual property protection. The trade deal could help establish precedent for the digital field, Nikkei reports.
In an effort to provide an alternative to China's Belt and Road Initiative, Japan will help build "smart cities" across Southeast Asia, using artificial intelligence and networked devices to tackle problems like road congestion and energy conservation, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian counterpart Narendra Modi agreed to collaborate on infrastructure, such as port and road projects in third countries like Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Bangladesh.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to accelerate cooperation on overseas infrastructure projects and finance as a symbol of their revamped ties.
Japan plans to stop offering development aid to China after nearly 40 years, seeking instead to establish a framework for the two countries to cooperate as equal partners on infrastructure and other projects in developing countries.
Japan drafted a plan to offer greater assistance for infrastructure development overseas ahead of a key summit with China next week, as it prepares to pursue joint projects with Beijing in third countries, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia this week. Both leaders decided to further pursue collaboration on infrastructure projects during Abe’s visit to Beijing next month, the first bilateral visit by a Japanese Prime Minister to China since 2011.
Japan and China are moving ahead with plans to cooperate on overseas infrastructure projects, with a public-private committee scheduled to hold its first meeting in Beijing.
Japan's infrastructure export ambitions face an uncertain future following a move by Japanese trading house Itochu to pull funding for the construction of a nuclear power plant in Turkey. Itochu's departure was driven by a sharp increase in safety-related costs following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, which caused the estimated total project cost to balloon from two to five trillion yen.
As Japan looks past the anticipated economic boost from the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is turning to infrastructure investment to buoy fiscal stimulus and economic growth beyond 2020.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo is working to strengthen ties with Japan in hopes of speeding infrastructure construction projects and showing progress ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
The Japanese government has compiled infrastructure development scheme proposals for Vladivostok ahead of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's scheduled visit to Russia in May, Nikkei reports.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan will cooperate with China to meet growing demand for infrastructure development in Asia.
Shinzo Abe's reformulation of Abenomics emphasizes the need to raise Japan's infrastructure industry.
Tokyo eyes increased infrastructure exports by catering to borrowers' needs.
Japan and China have committed to improving bilateral relations and advancing discussions on regional peace and prosperity, including China's Belt and Road Initiative.
Shinzo Abe has pledged to deliver nearly $9 billion in aid to the Philippines to rebuild battle-damaged areas and improve infrastructure throughout the country.
Wary of China, Japan seeks to strengthen ties with Philippines.
Earlier this month, the leaders of Japan and India paused to lay the foundation stone for a high-speed railway. The new link illustrates the high-stakes competition underway to connect the Eurasian supercontinent. China has stolen the spotlight, but other regional powers are not standing still.
Putin and Abe will meet at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 6-7, but several obstacles are likely to prevent a major breakthrough in infrastructure cooperation.
India has agreed to "explore and expand" Japan's role in developing the infrastructure of its Northeastern region bordering China, Myanmar, and Bangladesh as part of their "special strategic and global partnership."
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated that Japan may be willing to cooperate with China on its key foreign policy strategy, the Belt and Road Initiative, under certain conditions to foster closer economic ties.
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