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Indonesian President Joko Widodo's ability to charm is increasingly being tested as he tries to please both the public and big business. (Photo by Dimas Ardian)
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Unfinished business: Indonesia's Jokowi still has lots to do

The 'People's President' talks to Nikkei Asia about growth, the new capital and whether two terms is enough

SHOTARO TANI, Nikkei staff writer | Indonesia

JAKARTA -- Stepping off a helicopter and into the sweltering heat of Patimban, a deep water port a four-hour drive east of Jakarta, Indonesian President Joko Widodo seemed unfazed, barely breaking a sweat. Dressed in his trademark white shirt and dark slacks, he was doing what he likes to do best -- an impromptu visit, known in Javanese as "blusukan," to a region or town to learn from the locals first hand.

He was traveling light, aside from the helicopter, bodyguards and 20-plus person entourage. "Before I make policy, I must listen to the people about what they need and want," he said.

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