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Foreign Direct Investment from Japan after the 1997 Crisis: Changes and Implications for Thailand

Studies Japan’s outbound investment policy towards Thailand after ‘Tom Yum Kun’ economic crisis in 1997. Explains Japanese logics and criteria for outbound investment decision, chronical changes of Japanese foreign direct investment in Thailand and forecasting trends. Focuses on Japan’s economic policy promoted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe or so called ‘Abenomic’ which leverage the foreign investment in ASEAN small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Discusses about ‘Thailand Plus One’ strategy, increasing Japanese investment in CLMV (Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam), downsizing of electrics and electronic component industries in Thailand. Summarizes key success factor to enhance foreign direct investment and country competitiveness.