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Online business contributing to the achievement of Indonesia's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

2021/9/3  

The Asia DX (Digital Transformation) initiative is being promoted from the perspective that contributing to the achievement of the SDGs in ASEAN is in Japan's national interest.

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Impact on commercial buildings as a result of the re-implemented PSBB (large scale social restrictions)【In-mall tenants or freestanding stores】

2021/9/3  

Jakarta's PSBB (Large Scale Social Restrictions) to prevent the spread of corona infection in Jakarta has caused the restaurant business to deteriorate. The difference is that commercial facility-type stores have high fixed costs to the extent that they can be expected to attract customers from the mall itself, while roadside stores have all the costs of attracting customers themselves, but the fixed costs are less expensive.

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Indonesia's National Defense Issues【Civilian control through democratization from the dual functions of the national military】

2021/9/3  

In Indonesia, illegal fishing by Chinese fishing boats in the EEZ near the Natuna Islands has caused a border dispute with China. The Indonesian National Army, which defends the country, is based on the Indonesian Homeland Volunteer Force, which was founded by the Imperial Japanese Army, and became deeply involved in politics during the Soekarno regime, which played a central role in the War of Independence.

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Jakarta's Infrastructure and Urban Development【Construction of the second MRT section begins.】

2021/9/7  

The second phase of the MRT subway construction has started in Jakarta, and with the relocation of the capital city in 2024, government facilities along the line, including the Presidential Palace, will be turned into a protected area and museum, and Jakarta may become a global tourist destination that pushes the historical charm of the city and allows visitors to experience the ongoing economic development through urban development.

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Cooperation Framework to Promote the Use of Local Currency between Indonesia and Japan

2021/9/7  

To promote trade and FDI between Japan and Indonesia, direct yen and rupiah rates and trade finance easing could be used to hedge risk and improve cash flows, such as through direct rupiah-rupiah exchange rate indications and access to rupiah-denominated L/C settlements and short-term bridging loans.

米中摩擦とコロナ禍の影響による金価格の高騰【悪貨は良貨を駆逐するというグレシャムの法則】

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Soaring Gold Prices Due to U.S.-China Friction and Corona Pandemic【Bad money drives out good money】

2021/9/8  

Gresham's Law states that keeping high-value good products in inventory and letting go of defective ones as much as possible to protect asset value and reduce the risk of lost sales opportunities is a logical economic activity and results in the elimination of good products from the distribution process.

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Attracting FDI in Indonesia【Job creation and amendments to the tax rules that constitute the Omnibus Law】

2021/9/8  

Japan dropped to fourth place in the ranking of FDI in Indonesia by country. The omnibus law aims to improve the investment environment in terms of jobs and permits, attract foreign direct investment, add value domestically and make the product competitive in downstream industries to get into the international supply chain.

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Fire at Indonesia's Supreme Prosecutor's Office【Every time there's a fire, people doubt the background.】

2021/9/9  

In Indonesia, fires can occur at opportune times in places where interests are at stake, and the fire at the Supreme Prosecutor's Office is also suspected of being connected to a corruption case that has been established, particularly the destruction of investigative material related to prosecutor Pinanki, who has been detained on suspicion of bribery with Joko Chandra.

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Concerns about the political use of influencers【Digital Advertising Market in Indonesia】

2021/1/9  

Indonesia's digital advertising market is about one-fifth the size of Japan's, as is the ratio of the two countries' GDP, and this gap is expected to narrow in the future. Currently, government ministries' budgets for influencers are increasing, but there is a danger of leading democracy in the wrong direction.

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Competition to attract a production base with Vietnam

2021/9/11  

However, Indonesia is also making efforts to increase foreign direct investment by building an industrial park in Batang, Central Java, and improving the investment environment through the omnibus law.

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Why interest rates went up in the Asian currency crisis and down in the Corona pandemic

2021/9/12  

It is a fundamental part of monetary policy for a central bank to lower interest rates during a recession to motivate capital investment, but the reason why Indonesia had high interest rates during the 1998 currency crisis was because it raised interest rates to prevent the rupiah from collapsing and was promised high interest rates by the IMF after the transition to a floating exchange rate system, in a policy of high interest rates to be linked to the dollar.

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Increased poverty and crime rates in Indonesia due to the Corona pandemic【negative economic impact of physical movement restrictions】

2021/9/13  

The impact of the spread of the new coronavirus epidemic has increased the poverty rate in Indonesia in March 2020, and the number of people living below the poverty line is said to be 26.42 million as of March, with the increase in the number of people living below the poverty line being attributed to the impediment to economic activity due to movement restrictions.

潜在性の高いインドネシアの観光産業【将来は観光大国になる可能性】

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Indonesia's Tourism Industry with High Potential【Could Become a Tourism Powerhouse in the Future】

2021/9/14  

The reason why Thailand's GDP of -1.8% in the first quarter of 2020 is more serious than Indonesia's plus 2.97% is because tourism revenue as a percentage of GDP is only 1.4% in Indonesia compared to Thailand's 12.5% in Thailand, and Indonesia has a lot of potential for tourism growth in the future.

インドネシアの事業競争監視委員会(KPPU)の権限【独占的慣行の禁止と不公正な事業競争法違反で制裁金を課されたGrab】

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The authority of Indonesia's Business Competition Monitoring Unit (KPPU)【prohibition of monopolistic practices and Grab fined for violating unfair business competition laws】

2021/9/14  

Indonesia's antitrust enforcement agency is the independent Business Competition Monitoring Unit, KPPU, which has very strong powers to investigate and evaluate agreements that result in monopolistic conduct or unfair business competition, conduct hearings, make final decisions and impose administrative actions.

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The current construction status of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway

2021/9/18  

Indonesia wants to integrate the Jakarta-Bandung High Speed Rail, currently under construction, with Japan's plan to build a semi-fast line between Jakarta and Surabaya, but there is a view that it would be technically difficult to do so because the track width of the line envisioned in the project is different.

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JaBoDeTaBek-PunJur Regional Spatial Plan to prevent flooding and relieve congestion

2021/9/18  

There are six issues to be considered in Indonesia's long-term national plan to develop the Jabodetabek-Punjur region as a social, environmental, and economic spatial cohesion into a functional and livable spatial structure: flooding, water source availability, sanitation and garbage issues, coastal and island reclamation issues, congestion, and capital relocation.

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Impact of the Corona pandemic on the new and used car markets in Indonesia

2021/9/18  

In Indonesia, where transactions in the used car market are thriving, prices of Japanese middle-class and lower-middle-class mass-market cars do not fall easily, falling 10% in the first year and then dropping slightly, and middle-class and upper-middle-class cars fall by about 15% in the first year, but in this year of the Corona pandemic, the decline in car sale prices has been significant.

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A conscientious common sense that separates religious norms from social activities

2021/9/18  

While Indonesia's revised penal code does not legally recognize LGBT people, a conscientious sense of separation between religious norms and social activities is alive among the common people. The country's religious values have led to a network of mosques and churches that actively provide support for those in need.

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Indonesia's history of recession

2021/9/18  

Indonesia has periodic recessions, but the main factors are different each time: political factors in the riots triggered by the currency crisis (1998), religious conflicts in the bombings (2002-2004), financial problems in the Lehman Brothers collapse (2008), and illness in the corona crisis of 2020.

日本のバブル経済崩壊後とインドネシアの通貨危機後

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Japan's post-bubble economy and Indonesia's post-currency crisis

2020/4/9  

When I entered university in 1991, at the end of the bubble economy, land and stock prices were exploding, Mitsubishi Estate had bought the Rockefeller Center Building, a symbol of America, and the women of the one-length body-con (like the Bubbly Dance of Tomigaoka High School's dance club) were dancing at Juliana Tokyo in the waterfront bay area, waving their fans.

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