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From Value One, Autumn 2008 No. 22
Kuala Lumpur Representative Office
Socializing Boosts Employee Teamwork

The Kuala Lumpur Representative Office is responsible for all of Malaysia, which has grown remarkably and seeks to enter the ranks of developed nations by 2020. In addition to doing business with Proton (Malaysia's first domestic manufacturer of automobiles), steel firm Ann Joo Resources, and others, we handle a wide range of products, including three types of sheets, billets, bar steel, steel plates, steel pipes, wire rods, specialty steel, and stainless steel. Our office consists of four sales staff, including the general manager; three clerical staff; and two drivers. We have company get-togethers every three months and joint company trips and year-end parties with Mitsubishi Corporation's Kuala Lumpur Branch every year. Communication and teamwork in the office are great.

Mosques, Typical Islamic Buildings
Malaysia has many beautiful mosques, and among these, Putra Mosque-located in Putrajaya, the new administrative capital-is especially lovely and spectacular. The pink mosque stands in Putra Square by a lake, and its beauty rivals that of the Blue Mosque in Shah Alam in the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur. Incidentally, the Blue Mosque is famous for its huge blue dome and its fusion of Islamic and Malaysian architecture.
Putra Mosque is quite popular among tourists, and even non-Muslims can tour it if they wear a rental hijab (scarf that covers the head).
The pink of Putra Mosque draws the eye.
Satay Resembles Japanese Yakitori
Nasi lemak and satay are typical Malaysian dishes. Nasi lemak is a dish that features rice cooked in coconut milk and an assortment of chicken, vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, and other items. Satay is skewers of chicken, beef, or mutton. It is very popular among the Japanese and has become a familiar in-flight meal item. In contrast to nasi lemak, which is a main course, satay is probably best described as an appetizer. When eating satay, the secret is to dip it in peanut sauce. Beer with satay on the side is fantastic!
Satay and peanut sauce
Malaysia a Summer Retreat?
In Japan, Malaysia is considered a hot place, but there are some people who use the country as a summer retreat. The number of overseas tourists is growing year by year, and recently, we have been seeing more tourists from Arab nations. The heat exceeds 40ºC in Arab countries in summer. In contrast, the highest temperature in Malaysia is 35ºC, making it an excellent summer resort area. Numerous Arab tourists visit not only Kuala Lumpur but also such islands as Penang and Langkawi. That they share the same Muslim faith may also be a reason Arabs find their stay so comfortable.
Many Arabs tourists visit in summer.
Oldest and Biggest? Overseas Bon Dance
The Japan Club of Kuala Lumpur, the Japanese Embassy, and the Japanese School of Kuala Lumpur host a Bon dance festival every year in mid-July. You will probably see many outdoor stalls and people wearing yukata and jinbei at the festival, now in its 32nd year, and it feels like summer in Japan. A combined total of more than 50,000 Japanese expatriates and Malaysians participated this year, and it turned out to be a spectacular festival.
More than 50,000 people took part in the Bon festival.
Tanjung Piai, Little Known Tourist Spot
Johor Bahru City is located across from Singapore on the extreme southern part of the Malay Peninsula. Tanjung Piai, the southernmost point of the Eurasian landmass, can be found there. Not many local people are aware that this city even exists, and there were only two groups of tourists there when I visited. A monument marking the most southerly point was deserted as well. The number of visitors might increase in the future because the area is in the Iskandar development corridor in the South Johor Economic Region, which is now attracting attention.
Monument marking the Eurasian continent's southernmost point
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