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Count the number of Japanese cars and adverts for Japanese brands as you drive into Bangkok from its main airport and it is no surprise to learn that Japan contributes nearly half of Thailand’s foreign direct investment. Japan is one of the biggest investors elsewhere in southeast Asia, too. As the region’s once roaring markets sputter, a resurgent Japan (should the newly empowered Shinzo Abe successfully reflate his country’s economy as planned) is an interesting proposition for southeast Asia.