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West Java to support Indonesia's economic development after capital relocation

The value of living near the capital, Jakarta, reviewed in Bali

I moved to Bali in June 2001 after working in IT for 3 and a half years in Jakarta in October 1997, because when I launched my business of exporting furniture and handy craft, Japanese customers such as furniture stores, sundry stores and restaurants regularly visit Bali for both travel and shopping.

At that time, Japan was in the midst of an ethnic boom, and it was said that there were Asian furniture and sundries shops every 100 meters along Aoyama Street in Tokyo, and the two main supply points were Thailand and Bali, so if you went to Kumbasari Market in Denpasar or Sukawati Market in Gianyar, you could feel that everything in sight could be turned into gold.

In Bali, stone chandis, which are Hindu mausoleums, can be seen everywhere, women in colorful traditional kubayas are walking around with offerings of fruits on their heads, and the sound of gamelan can be heard from somewhere in the evening.

On the other hand, if you go to clubs and cafes around Legian Street in Kuta, you can enjoy the coolest space and this gap is what makes tourists fall into a kind of hypnosis and say "I've fallen for the magic of Bali".

I was able to feel a sense of superiority when a visitor told me "It's nice to live in Bali", I went to Kuta to have a beer at a cafe along the beach, and I was able to take my dog for a walk at the beach in Sanur near my house.

However, I couldn't see any development in the monotonous work of taking orders from Japan to manage furniture production, loading finished products into 20-foot containers, filling empty spaces with wood carvings, stone statues, and other small objects, and feeling impatient to be left behind by the times without accumulating any work experience was the main reason I decided to return to Jakarta in 2008.

I realized after moving to Bali that this is a good land condition for me to settle in Indonesia, and to meet it, I need to be able to reach the big city (Jakarta) in a few hours by car.

Concentration of supporting industries in West Java

Having moved back to Jakarta from Bali in 2008, living in a high-rise apartment for 10 years was nothing but a pain for my own combination of acrophobia and claustrophobia, so in May 2018 I moved to West Bekasi, Bekasi Province, West Java, to live in a single-family home.

West Bekasi, located about 15km from Jakarta, is close to the industrial park where most of the current customers live, and yet the access to Jakarta is less than an hour in normal times, and during the PSBB (Public Service Block Block Blockbuster) of the Corona disaster, you can go to the Papaya Japanese supermarket in Citywalk within 30 minutes.

With the opening of the Tol Jakarta-Cikampek Overpass (Tol layang) in December last year and the opening of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) this year, and the rapid progress of the high-speed railway between Jakarta and Bandung, the inter-city infrastructure from Jakarta to West Java Province in the east is being improved, so that not only Bekasi Province but also Karawang, Subang and Pulwakarta Provinces are getting closer to Jakarta.

Although Indonesia has announced that it will begin relocating its capital, Jakarta, to the Balikpapan neighborhood in East Kalimantan during 2024, Jakarta will continue to develop as the center of Indonesia's economy, with the construction of the North Java Auto Industry Belt, which is centered on next-generation vehicle (xEV) production, and the Subang Industrial Park and Patimbang New Port projects expected to expand the giant economy to the east.

In order to meet the future domestic demand for automobiles and the expansion of the export market, the attraction of foreign capital on the premise of high value-added domestic industry will be based on the premise of attracting R&D (research and development) centers for localizing the development, design and evaluation of automobiles, and with the support of the government's preferential policies, West Java will accumulate a wide variety of supporting industries that supply parts.


情報共有 1

The sharing of visible results leads to a common recognition of the problems, but if there are people who are troubled because the scarcity of information is diminished by the increasing sharing, the political power to increase the position by monopolizing useful information is at work.

インドネシアのスタバの店員にありがたい人生の教訓を教わった件 2

When you order your usual iced coffee at your regular Starbucks, a familiar clerk usually talks to you in a friendly and familiar way, like "You came at an unusual time today," or "Is your usual iced coffee okay today?

宗教によって異なる「死んだらどうなる」の考え方 3

Both Christianity and Islam are religions derived from Judaism and believe in the one and only God, Jesus Christ (God Himself) or Allah, respectively.

株価操作なんてインドネシア株では当たり前 4

Stock prices fluctuate with sell and buy orders, and if you get a lot of sell orders and a lot of buy orders, the other investors will follow suit with "me too" and the stock will go up.

心臓に毛が生えたインドネシア人のずうずうしい転職活動を応援してみた 5

Since many Indonesians can't maintain mental stability without revealing a secret story to someone else.

日系企業のインドネシアでの存在意義 6

If Japan's population continues to decline at the current rate, domestic demand will continue to shrink, and if this happens, it is inevitable that domestic companies that find it difficult to survive in the Japanese domestic market alone will look for ways to make a living in overseas markets.

チャンスはあるが勝てる分野が 7

After living in Indonesia, talking to people on my own, and gradually understanding the local situation, I realized that starting a business in Indonesia is surprisingly difficult. The reason for the difficulty is the high shipping costs and tariffs, the competition from local companies, and the high running costs of IMTA and DPKK.

インドネシアのシステムインテグレーション業界 8

The other day, I had the opportunity to exchange opinions with JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) about IT investment by Indonesian SMEs, and they raised an important issue related to the existence value of system integrators, such as "How can we explain the cost benefits of system investment?

肉体と精神と心と魂 9

Speaking of "Body and Soul," it's the debut song of SPEED, a member of the LDP's House of Councillors, Eriko Imai, who was unofficially appointed as parliamentary secretary of the Cabinet Office following yesterday's cabinet reshuffle, and the name of a long-established Indonesian women's fashion brand.

ジャカルタのラーメン市場 10

I came to Indonesia for the first time in October 1997. I didn't understand Indonesian, my job was hard, the people around me were unreasonable, and there was a time when I wanted to go back to Japan for a while.

ブランド力、技術力、資金力の3要素 11

After the Jakarta riots of 1998, when the rupiah plummeted and domestic companies with foreign dollar-denominated debt were struggling to pay interest, I was looking for a new business in Indonesia that would allow me to earn foreign currency.

日本とインドネシアの間でのタイムマシン経営が通じなくなっている件 12

I think that Yoshinoya overcame the frame of Japanese food and became Indonesian soul food. I am happy to see the scene where Japanese food culture is accepted by Indonesian people.

不景気の歴史 13

Since I came to Indonesia, I have seen the economic recession several times, but because of the spread of the new coronavirus this time, the economy will definitely go into recession, and in a few years' time it may be called corona shock or corona recession.

日本のバブル経済崩壊後とインドネシアの通貨危機後 14

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.

内需と外需の自国経済に及ぼす影響 15

The situation in Japan is that even if public works investment is made, the money stays in the savings of companies and individuals, and domestic consumption does not increase, while the situation in Indonesia is that even if domestic consumption increases, the ratio of imported consumer materials is high, and domestic assets are flowing out to foreign countries.

2019年の総選挙を前にインドネシア政治史のおさらい 16

As the campaign (Kampanye) for next year's presidential election (Pemilu Pilpres Pileg Indonesia 2019) is lifted, it has been decided that the order in which the ballot papers will be printed will be No. 1 for the incumbent President Jokowi and Vice President Mahuru candidate pair and No. 2 for President Prabowo and Vice President Sandiagauno candidate pair.

インドネシアの国土と風土が生み出す産地特有のコーヒー 17

Located in the coffee belt between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Cancer, Indonesia is a country suitable for coffee cultivation, and during the 300 years of Dutch colonial rule that followed the advance of the East India Company in 1602, Arabica coffee was brought to the country and cultivation began in the plateau region with a favorable climate.

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