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TOKYO (Nikkei)--A two-day international forum to discuss "The Future of Asia" opened in Tokyo Thursday with the region's top policymakers in attendance.
TOKYO (Dow Jones)--A Thai central bank deputy governor said Thursday that the Southeast Asian country has so far withstood the impact of the U.S. housing market crisis, but warned that high inflation could hurt the country's domestic demand in the months ahead.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Thai Deputy Prime Minister Suwit Khunkitti proposed Thursday in Tokyo that Asian countries "consider establishing a network of standby arrangements for disaster relief operations" to prepare for natural disasters of the type that have recently struck Myanmar and China.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Stagflation has become a global concern on the back of rising oil prices, Eisuke Sakakibara, former vice finance minister for international affairs, told a Tokyo forum Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--A senior Chinese economic researcher said Thursday that it will be difficult for China to revalue the yuan as quickly as it has over the past year because such a step would have a "major impact on an economy that is still heavily dependent on exports."
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Cooperation between Japan and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is crucial to the envisioned Asian economic and environmental community, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Akira Amari suggested Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda on Thursday called for the creation of a regional network of emergency relief organizations and infectious disease research institutes to enable quick responses to future emergencies such as large-scale natural disasters and a new type of flu.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Asian countries should strive to strengthen mutual ties and expand their vision to include closer relations with the global community, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda said Thursday at The Future of Asia, an annual conference sponsored by Nikkei Inc.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Environment Minister Ichiro Kamoshita indicated Friday that Japan may consider a specific medium-term goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by around 2020-30.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi called on East Asian nations to work together in tackling food security problems, at an international conference in Tokyo on Friday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Asia needs to establish a regionwide security framework to tackle natural disasters as well as energy and food crises, East Asian policy experts agreed at a Friday session held as part of the Nikkei Inc. Future of Asia conference.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Japan will expand foreign aid and private investment to transform the Mekong area of Southeast Asia into "a region of hope and development," Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Masahiko Koumura said Friday in Tokyo at an international conference on Asia's future.
In a speech to participants in the "14th International Conference on The Future of Asia," Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda has called for the creation of a regional network of emergency relief organizations and infectious disease research institutes to enable quick responses to emergencies, such as large-scale natural disasters as well as flu pandemics.
Key figures from Asia's political, academic and business worlds called for greater regional cooperation in economy and environment at "The Future of Asia" forum, held May 22-23 in Tokyo.
The "14th International Conference on The Future of Asia" was held May 22-23 in Tokyo in the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake in China's Sichuan Province, the devastating cyclone in Myanmar and other natural disasters as well as in the midst of skyrocketing crude oil and food prices, not to mention the worst international financial crisis since World War II.
"The Future of Asia" conference focused on ways to deal with surging crude oil prices and their impact on Asia. During a panel discussion titled "New Partnerships in an Era of Surging Oil Prices," three corporate leaders - Yoshihiro Shigehisa, CEO of JGC Corp.; Nasser Saidi from Dubai International Financial Center; and Ikmal Hijaz Hashim, CEO of Malaysia's Iskandar Regional Development Authority - discussed cooperation between oil-rich nations and Asia.
How can Asia as a region respond to the many issues facing the world? "The Future of Asia" conference heard a variety of opinions and ideas, including those from Ichiro Kamoshita, Lee Maan-ee and Rachmat Witoelar - environment ministers from Japan, South Korea and Indonesia - during the session on global warming.
Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.