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METI and TSE to Hold an Event to Announce the 2019 Selected Competitive IT Strategy Companies

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) have jointly been conducting the selection of Competitive IT Strategy Companies since FY2014. As part of this initiative, on April 23, 2019, METI and the TSE will hold an event to recognize selected Competitive IT Strategy Companies and Noteworthy IT Strategy Companies for 2019. In addition to this selection, which is the fifth annual selection, aiming to strongly encourage companies’ efforts for digital transformation (DX), they will establish a new category called “DX Grand Prix” and announce an outstanding company for its leadership in the digital era, which is to be selected from the companies selected above.

Information on METI website


Japan may be in rather than longest growth phase since the war, key index suggests

The Cabinet Office’s coincident index of business conditions for January was down 2.7 points from the previous month at 97.9 against the 2015 base of 100. It was the index’s third consecutive decline, prompting the office to say that it was “signaling a possible turning point.” Prior to that, the office had said conditions were “weakening.”

Information on The Japan Times

Indexes of Business Conditions on the Cabinet Office website


Indonesian Economy: Solid Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Growth in 2018

Indonesia’s economic growth continued to accelerate in 2018. Based on data from Statistics Indonesia (Badan Pusat Statistik, or BPS), which were released in early February 2019, the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) expanded 5.17 percent year-on-year (y/y) in full-year 2018, up from a growth rate of 5.07 percent in the preceding year.