The Japanese government, together with half a dozen major shippers and manufacturers that operate in the region, are putting together a major push to improve
One project that did do that, a new bridge completed late last year across the Mekong to link
With 5,000 Japanese companies operating in Southeast Asia, Tokyo sees substantial benefit to its own commercial interests in improving land transport, which can reduce shipping time between most points from two weeks or more to two or three days.
The government believes distribution costs for Japanese commercial interests alone could be reduced by about 120 billion yen ($1 billion) a year by 2015. The project, whose participants include Honda, Yamaha, Toshiba, Fujitsu, the Sumitomo trading House, Sankyu, Inc., and Nippon Express, will begin to survey about 2,500 miles of road, including the route from
Based on the survey, Japanese aid officials expect to present an improvement plan covering six routes spanning 3,600 miles and connecting
According to Nikkei the plan will also propose a unified system of customs clearance procedures, including technology to build an electronic system to issue and track export, import and transshipping permits online.