The Japanese Government has said it will increase its support to improve the investment climate of Southeast Asian countries by helping them perfect their legal systems and management of business activities, according the Nikkei newspaper.

Japan will assist court officials of Indonesia in terms of intellectual property rights protection.

This year, Japan is sending its experts to help the Supreme Court of Indonesia and provide knowledge of economics for Indonesian judges, along with learning materials and scholarships to further their studies and research.

Japan also plans to help Cambodia perfect legal regulations related to the establishment and management of special economic zones (SEZ) as the ASEAN member country has seen different rules on managing the economic entities.

Myanmar will receive assistance to reform its Law on Enterprises and specify SEZ-related rules.

Japan’s support aims to back its businesses’ operation in ASEAN countries, enabling them to further boost their investment and business activities in the bloc. The market of a combined population of 600 million will draw more attention from businesses of the US, Europe and Japan when the ASEAN Economic Community is established in 2015.-VNA