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R&D center and transferred effective control of

production from Japan to Malaysia, from where the products are now exported to Japan and the United States. Other electrical companies followed suit. Sharp rapidly expanded its color TV and printer base production for export to Europe and the United States, with the output of its third factory, opened in December 1986, representing a calculated shift of what had hitherto been produced in

But Japanese capital also has some important links with the country's leading Chinese business groups, the largest and most representative of which is Kuok, comprising 23 major companies in Kuala Lumpur alone but well over 100 worldwide. It main activities are in finance and services in Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, but it also has influence in Thailand, Indonesia. the Philippines, Fiji, Austrialia, and China.