Singapore has since the new year arrived led to market invigoration both through previous expectations and actual business. Although talks about doldrums hitting since its economy after the nation's founding president Lee Kuan Yew passed away in 2015, the city-state has been promoting technology trade as well as financial business operations like fintech, including those related to crypto-currencies.
It is said that although it is scrutinizing Bitcoins trade in light of possible bridling in by Korean financial authorities of Bitcoins (Quoine that began as a Bitcoin exchange here and which now looks to rearrange business, according to sources, while there are talks of a gold-backed Bitcoin offer coming out in Singapore under the auspices of Digix), other crypto-currency setups are being mulled, along with fintech operations related to robot usage.
Actually, the Singapore Airshow is already attracting attention due to the fact that this year the biennial conference and exhibition is held much ahead, in early to mid-February. This due in part to the Chinese New Year being held from February, with general attendees coming to be able to see the public day showings from 11th on. Japanese contingents will comprise those from Tokyo and neighboring Saitama prefectures, plus aerospace-savvy Mie Prefecture.
For more down-to-earth activities, the Singapore Motor Show that this year saw four more auto makers... along even with several bicycle makers laden with electrical motor... participating, the focus – unlike the Detroit Auto Show which followed just a few days after the end of the Singapore event – was on use of good old-fashioned radar technology for collision prevention though with possible drone support unlike the Tokyo Motor Show last year in drone-prohibited Japan.
The fact is, logistics-dependent Singapore is now undertaking a “Digital City” project to take a bird's-eye view of the island nation for future urban planning that also takes “Big Data” into consideration. French computer-assisted design/drafting company Dassault Systemes along with a team of former Russian computer scientists is fully digitalizing the activities related to the trade port with an eye to turning it into a super-entrepot.
Another possible future-oriented move is the possible adoption if only partially of the Waterpolitan concept, being promoted by Tokyo Metropolitan University researchers to deal with both sea level rise issues and water shortages in urban areas. It is understood that renowned Singaporean architect Raymond Woo as well as Japanese Aichi Expo landscape expert Shizuo Harada are also involved in trying to convince Singaporeans of the benefits that can be derived.