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TOKYO (Nikkei)--Nikkei Inc. awarded Wednesday the 2011 Nikkei Asia Prizes to three prominent Asians in recognition of their contributions to the improved well-being of Asian people.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Thursday that the East Asian community should overcome national and regional differences to emerge as an important player in the global economy.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully said Thursday that he hopes Japan will make sufficient progress in the near future so it can join the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Thai Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij said Thursday that there are many candidates in Asia who could become chief of the International Monetary Fund.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Thai Finance Minister Korn Chatikavanij said Thursday that the Great East Japan Earthquake may lower his country's economic growth by around 0.1-0.2%.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, who led Indonesia's rebuilding efforts after the gigantic earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in 2004, said Thursday that Japan needs a powerful entity to oversee reconstruction following the March 11 disaster.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Pyongyang hopes to improve relations with Tokyo because neighboring countries such as Japan supported North Korea when it was on the verge of collapse in the 1990s, a prominent South Korean academic said Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--A former head of Indonesia's disaster reconstruction agency stressed Thursday the importance of international cooperation in disaster rebuilding efforts.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Michael Auslin, director of Japan studies at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research, on Thursday said he is concerned that Japan might roll back its foreign policy, such as by slashing budgets for official development assistance, as efforts to rebuild the country in the wake of the March 11 disaster would make it focus more on domestic affairs.
TOKYO (NQN)--Lee Kuan Yew, former prime minister of Singapore, said Thursday China's economic boom is unlikely to end soon, despite concerns about overheating.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Former Singapore Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew said Thursday that the U.S. should be included in any future East Asian free trade zone.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Japan should cooperate with the international community to work on more open relief and reconstruction efforts, which would benefit Asia as a whole in the future, Shinsuke Sugiyama, director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said at a forum in Tokyo on Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Damages from the March 11 disaster and reconstruction costs will amount to an estimated 3-6% of Japan's GDP, Maria Socorro Gochoco-Bautista, senior economic adviser at the Asian Development Bank, said Thursday at a Tokyo forum.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Akio Shibata, chief representative of Marubeni Research Institute, on Thursday said Japan should promote technological innovation in solar power generation and other areas aimed at conserving energy.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--ASEAN Secretary-General Surin Pitsuwan said Thursday the next International Monetary Fund managing director should not be North American or European.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Regional integration is key to building momentum for the economies of Asia, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said at a forum in Tokyo on Thursday.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--The secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, Surin Pitsuwan, urged Japanese companies to continue investing in the region despite the hardships they face after the Great East Japan Earthquake, at a forum Thursday in Tokyo.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--East Asia should contribute to the reform of such international organizations as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, Surin Pitsuwan, secretary-general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, said Thursday at a Tokyo forum.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai on Thursday said countries dependent on nuclear power will need to consider ways to use the technology safely.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai at a forum in Tokyo Thursday said that climate change will pose a serious challenge to sustainable growth.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Asia must unite to help Japan overcome the hardships created by the Great East Japan Earthquake, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Thursday at a Tokyo forum.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--Japan needs to add its voice to negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership before it is too late, Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto said Thursday, hinting that a decision on joining the talks would be made by autumn.
TOKYO (Nikkei)--A technical college backed by the governments of Japan and Malaysia is set to open in Kuala Lumpur this September, with 22 Japanese schools providing support for education in such fields as precision machinery and electronics.
Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.