30 May '16, 11pm

1MDB scandal taking toll on Malaysia stock market as foreigners sell

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) - Japanese investment in South-east Asia continues to grow, owing to the region's potential and low labour costs, amid simmering tensions that reduce the appeal of China for some Japanese businesses. For a third straight year, in 2015 the amount of foreign direct investment from Japan to the 10-member Association of South-east Asian Nations exceeded such investment in China and Hong Kong, according to figures compiled by the Japan External Trade Organisation. The pace has been accelerating - the outstanding amount of Japanese investment to Asean nations almost tripled from five years ago to 20.1 trillion yen (S$250.2 billion) at the end of last year, according to Bank of Japan data. Japanese investment growth to China slowed after protests there intensified in 2012 following a territorial dispute over islands in the East China Sea, prompting Japanese comp...

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