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2022

Asia Pacific business experience – 【New Zealand】 It is a very rich natural environment.

 Speaking of New Zealand, I think the image of a country with a lot of sheep is strong. New Zealand’s population is on the rise, reaching 5.11 million in 2021. Population growth has the presence of immigrants. On the other hand, the number of sheep is on a declining trend, but it still seems to be more than five times the population.  New Zealand is famous not only for its dairy farming, but also for its wine. It is popular as a wine of the New World. The Old World is a European country that has been making wine for a long time, and the New World is a country or region where wine began to be made using European grapes. The photo shows the vineyards during a visit to the Marlborough region. The harvest time had already ended, but it was a very beautiful scenery surrounded by nature. (Image: Marlborough region, New Zealand)

Asia Pacific business experience – 【Australia】 In fact, it is a country rich in nature.

 About 40% of the Australian continent is said to be desert areas. Located almost in the middle of Australia, Ayers Rock is famous, but it is the second largest monolith in the world and surrounded by deserts. Until I visited Australia, I thought that the impression of such a desert was strong and there was little green. However, when I actually visited coastal areas such as Sydney and Melbourne, the greenery was rich.   The picture shows the scenery near Sydney. This is a picture when I went on a business trip to Australia at the company where I used to work. At that time, a business partner took me to a sightseeing in a big boat. The place where the boat mooring place is located is an inlet, and I enjoyed the beautiful nature in the calm cheerfulness.  (Image: Near Sydney, Australia)

Asia business experience – 【Malaysia】 The only country in Southeast Asia with domestic automobile manufacturers

 Malaysia is a popular country for long-term stays and migrations. I first visited Malaysia in the 1990s, but I felt that prices were cheap, the food was delicious, and the city was safe. Malaysians are multiracial, mainly Malay, Chinese and Indian. They also have different cultural backgrounds. One of the reasons why Malaysia is so popular may be because it embraces diversity.  As you may know, Malaysia is the only country in Southeast Asia where there are domestic automobile manufactures. There are two companies, Proton and Perodua. I had the opportunity to visit an automobile manufacturer for a business meeting. It made me think about what it takes to survive and grow in the competitive automotive industry. (Image: Automobile company in Malaysia)

Asia business experience – 【Myanmar】A country that feels nostalgic

 I first visited Myanmar in 2015. I have had many business trips to Asian countries, but I have never had a business trip to Myanmar until then. Around 2015, economic sanctions were lifted, efforts for economic development began, and democratization was promoted.  I stayed in the center of Yangon, but the number of Japanese restaurants was gradually increasing. I was able to hear from a person who publishes a newspaper for Japanese people locally. He said he wanted to spend the rest of his life in Myanmar. When I asked him why, he said that he did not feel uncomfortable with Myanmar and rather felt nostalgic. It is true that there are many temples and 90% of them are Buddhist, so I think it gives a sense of familiarity. The city was full of energy and people were busy, but I realized that it was a calming country. (Image: Yangon, Myanmar)