Subscribe Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - $1.3m SEZ Japanese restaurant opens doors

$1.3m SEZ Japanese restaurant opens doors

$1.3m SEZ Japanese restaurant opens doors

In a $1.3 million investment, a new Japanese restaurant opened in the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone (PPSEZ) last week amid the large presence of Japanese companies in the area.

The 1,000-square-metre Tokyo Restaurant looks to “help to [showcase] the culture of Japanese food, and provide jobs for Cambodians,” said Morihiro Iijima, CEO of Keiaisha Company, which owns the restaurant. He also believes the restaurant would contribute to boosting business in the zone.

According to a map on the PPSEZ website that was last updated in mid-January, more than 60 companies were operating in the PPSEZ, of which 29 were Japanese.

Speaking at the restaurant’s opening ceremony last week, Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An welcomed the new establishment. “It is not only to attract Japanese investors, but also Cambodian and other foreign investors,” she said.

Data from the Japanese embassy in Phnom Penh shows that Japanese investment totalled about $330 million last year, with a huge chunk coming from a $205 million shopping mall investment by AEON that is currently under construction. In 2011, Japanese investment was about $75 million.

In a recent trade figure provided by the Japan External Trade Organization, bilateral trade between Cambodia and Japan reached $177 million in the first three months this year, a 13 per cent rise compared with the corresponding period last year.


  • Australians protest Asean summit visit by PM Hun Sen

    Hundreds of protesters gathered in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Friday to protest against Cambodian strongman Hun Sen, who claimed to have been gifted millions of dollars by the Australian government ahead of a special Asean summit this weekend. An estimated 300 protesters, the majority of

  • American ‘fugitive’ arrested in Cambodia outside of US Embassy

    An American citizen was arrested on request by the US Embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, according to Cambodian police. Major General Uk Hei Sela, chief of investigations at the Department of Immigration, identified the man as American Jan Sterling Hagen, and said he was

  • One Australian, one Cambodian killed in explosion at military base

    Updated: 5:20pm, Friday 16 March 2018 An Australian tourist and a Cambodian soldier were killed in an explosion on Thursday afternoon at an army base in Cambodia’s Kampong Speu province. The Australian, whom the government initially identified as a technical demining expert in his 40s, and

  • Peeling back layers of prehistory in Battambang

    When the man passed away, he had not yet reached 50. He belonged to a tribe that had settled near the Sangker River in Battambang province, likely cultivating the fields and raising animals. On the side, they hunted for boars, and even turtles, one of which