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ASEAN and Japan Team Up for Electric Vehicle Race

ASEAN and Japan Team Up for Electric Vehicle Race

ASEAN and Japan are teaming up to develop their first-ever joint strategy for Southeast Asia's auto industry, with a clear target in sight: China's growing dominance in the electric vehicle (EV) market.

This strategic alliance leverages Japan's existing strength in the region. Japanese auto giants like Toyota and Honda already have a massive presence in Southeast Asia, assembling over 80% of the region's 3 million vehicles annually. Many of these vehicles are exported, making Southeast Asia a crucial production hub.

The new strategy goes beyond just production. It's a multi-pronged approach designed to:

  • Train the Workforce: Japan will invest 140 billion yen ($900 million) to equip factory and parts supplier workers with the latest digital technologies needed for the EV revolution.
  • Go Green: Cooperation will focus on reducing carbon emissions throughout the production process. This includes implementing Japanese technology to measure and minimize CO2 output, as well as promoting a shift towards renewable energy sources.
  • Secure Resources: ASEAN and Japan will explore joint procurement of critical minerals for EV batteries and research battery recycling techniques.
  • Sustainable Image: The partnership aims to create a global marketing campaign highlighting the eco-friendly practices of Southeast Asia's auto industry, boosting exports and attracting environmentally conscious consumers.
  • Market Intelligence: By joining forces, ASEAN and Japan will gain valuable insights into the future of the global auto market, including trends in developing countries, with forecasts extending until 2035.

This collaboration positions ASEAN and Japan as strong contenders in the global EV race, by combining established expertise with a commitment to a sustainable future

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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