KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) commenced "Innovative Asia" program in 2017, following the Government of Japan advancing the measures to mobilize the diverse governmental resources, in order that competent human resources of Asian developing/emerging countries play more active roles in contributing to industrial growth of their home countries through having working experience at best innovative Japanese companies, thereby knowing better how innovation is being promoted in Japan.

To this end, Japanese Government has decided to provide opportunities for graduate study and internship in Japan for competent students who are studying/have studied at 60 'partner schools' in 12 Asian countries, for 5 years from 2017 until 2021. In this program, participants will be accepted in master's or doctor's courses at Japanese universities in such fields as Science and Technology, and Engineering, especially, Information Technology, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence. All the participants are also expected to experience internship for up to six months at Japanese companies, research institutes, or governmental organizations, etc. during summer break and/or other appropriate opportunities. There will be approximately 1,000 participants from 12 Asian countries in the program in total.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in collaboration with Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), conducted Follow-up Program for JICA's training program in Japan: "Search and Rescue, Disaster Prevention and Environment Protection Course for Maritime Safety Officials at the Operational Level" during 27 January - 2 February, 2018, in Kuantan, Port Klang, and Kuala Lumpur.

The economy in Asian region has been steadily and robustly growing, and the region remains the global growth leader. In line with such high economic development in the region, the volume of maritime traffic increased significantly over the recent decades. The region contains some of the busiest waterways in the world such as the Strait of Malacca, the Strait of Singapore, and the South China Sea. These heavily-trafficked areas play a globally important role in transportation of energy resources, food, and industrial products. Among those transportations, the shipment of the crude oil and Hazardous and Noxious Substances (HNS) especially increased significantly in recent years. Once a large scale maritime incident occurs, it may involve a threat to the lives and/or oil spill from ships, which has a significant impact on not only marine environment but also economy of the coastal states as well as global maritime transportation itself. In order to prevent and minimize such loss of lives and impacts posed by the oil spill, the coastal states in Asian region must have adequate capacity in maritime Search and Rescue (SAR), maritime disaster prevention and marine environment protection.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong, the Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, attended the "Meeting With Captains Of The Industry" organised by the Malaysian Rubber Export Promotion Council (MREPC).

Malaysia's exports of rubber gloves in 2017 has hit an all-time high, benefitting from the synchronised recovery in global growth and demand. For the year 2017, exports grew at a robust pace of 19.4% year-on-year to RM15.9 billion compared with RM13.3 billion in the year 2016.

Featuring Menus and Displays Based on the Theme of Cherry Blossoms

TOKYO, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (KPH), one of Japan's most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will host a "Cherry Blossom Spring Fair" from March 1 (Thursday) to April 30 (Monday), 2018 at eight of our restaurants, including French and Italian Cuisine, Chinese Dining, Japanese Kaiseki Cuisine, and Korean Dining. The executive chefs at each restaurant will serve specially prepared menu items based on the theme of "Sakura" Japanese cherry blossoms. Our hotel will also display special flower arrangements and other decorations to commemorate the arrival of spring and cherry blossoms for guests to enjoy and take photographs.

March and April are the busiest months for guests visiting Japan, and coincide with the very short period when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. We host this "Cherry Blossom Spring Fair" to provide guests opportunities to experience the fleeting but beautiful cherry blossoms in the comfort of our hotel.

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TOKYO, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- In an effort to encourage individual foreign travelers in Tokyo to venture on to the Chugoku and Shikoku regions with little stress, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has mapped out sightseeing routes originating from Tokyo and is promoting public relations featuring the diverse characteristics of these destinations in western Japan.

It is pleased to announce the launch of 360-degree virtual reality videos, which provide immersive experiences, as an initiative to further strengthen the information dissemination of "CHUGOKU+SHIKOKU x TOKYO," a website that introduces recommended tourist routes.

MALVERN, Pa., Feb 19 (Bernama) -- DSG, Inc., a leader in eClinical software and services to the life science industry will be exhibiting at the Phar-East - Asia's Pharma & Biotech Conference. The conference is set to take place February 28th to March 2nd at the Suntec Signore Convention & Exhibition Centre, in Suntec City Singapore.

Revamped and revitalized from Biopharma Asia Convention, Phar-East will be exploring 11 of the most exciting pharma areas in Asia: immunotherapy, vaccines, precision medicine, cell & gene therapy, biodata, orphan drugs, partnering, commercialization & market access, antibodies, biosimilars and biotech innovations. In the past, the event has drawn over 22,000 attendees over its first 9 years from all over the world. As Asia's global life sciences portfolio and biotech hubs continue to grow, Phar East anticipates showcasing the very best in Asian pharma.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- CIMB Investment Bank ("the Bank" or "CIMB") was recently crowned top in investment banking for its strong and innovative capabilities in the capital markets, equities, and trade finance space through 12 regional awards.

CIMB swept 12 awards at the Alpha Southeast Asia (SEA) Best Deals & Solutions Awards which included Best Bond House of the Year in Southeast Asia 2017 (CIMB Investment Bank Berhad) and Best IPO Deal of the Year in Southeast Asia 2017 (B.Grimm Power Public Company Limited THB11.5 billion IPO).