Indonesian leader pushes for right kind of investment

Indonesian leader pushes for right kind of investment

TOKYO - Indonesian President Joko Widodo, on tour of Japan, has been busy touting his country as an export base in classic Jokowi style: up close and personal.

He addressed 1,200 corporate leaders here Tuesday, explaining his plans to build up Indonesian infrastructure. The proposed investments, worth 50 trillion yen (US$418 billion), include 35 million kilowatts of power generation capacity, ports, high-speed rail and expressways.

Widodo quickly abandoned the podium, giving the rest of his roughly 20-minute presentation while pacing the stage like Steve Jobs, stopping often to address the audience in his mild-mannered way.

"There are investment opportunities for Japan," the man nicknamed Jokowi stressed.

Akio Mimura, chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, praised his performance.

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