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Halal certification keeps Japan linked to Southeast Asian supply chains

Logistics groups Nippon Express and Yusen win approval in Indonesia and Malaysia

A saleswoman works at a beauty products shop in Indonesia, where a sweeping halal certification law will take effect next year.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Two of Japan's biggest transport companies, Nippon Express and Yusen Logistics, have taken a step toward growing their business in Southeast Asia by gaining certification that they are shipping goods in compliance with Islamic law.

Most of the Japanese companies that have received halal certification in Southeast Asia have been food and consumer goods producers, like diaper maker Unicharm. But with a sweeping halal law set to take effect in the region's most populous country, logistics companies are preparing to ensure they remain part of the region's supply chains. 

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