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Indonesia to ask Japan to build trans-Java railway

Indonesian President Joko Widodo gestures while speaking to The Nikkei in Jakarta on May 24. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)

JAKARTA -- Indonesia will ask Japan to contribute to a trans-Java railway that promises to more than halve the 10-hour travel time between the country's capital and Surabaya, its second largest city, according to Indonesian government officials.

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