Southeast Asia

Organized Panel Session

165 - Japanese FDI and Cultural exchange in Southeast Asia

7/7/2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Tamarind, New Building

Since the 1950s, economic expansion was the primary concern of Japan. This expansion alarmed many of Japanese trade and investment partners, especially in Southeast Asia where violent protests erupted in the 1970s. Japanese business community was alerted to the necessity to adjust their behavior. They needed to care for the local society in addition to conducting their regular business.

Nowadays, this situation has changed. Japan’s present in Southeast Asia is prominent. Their demand for skilled labor to support their investment in this region is the drive for cultural exchange. Japanese companies’ human resource development instigated establishment of educational institutions and training program which is the collaboration between the business sector and local communities. The Japanese language has spread widely, both for the purpose of job opportunity and for communication in factories and offices. Japanese working culture and business culture has been widely studied and adopted by local factories and offices who wished to improve their operation.

The cultural exchange through Japanese FDI occurred naturally, out of control of the government. It is two-way communication. It created mutual understanding between Japanese and Southeast Asian people through business-related culture. It has brought about a peaceful and beneficial relationship for over 30 years. This phenomenon should be noted for future understanding of globalized society.

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Saikaew Thipakorn, Ph.D.

Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

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Saikaew Thipakorn, Ph.D.

Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

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Saikaew Thipakorn, Ph.D.

Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

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Nipaporn Ratchatapattanakul

Thamnasat University, Thailand

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Elisa Carolina Marion

Binus University, Indonesia

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Abdullah-Al Mamun

University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

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