ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print
Commuters ride the newly opened Jakarta MRT, the city's first subway network. (Photo by Ken Kobayashi)
The Big Story

Widodo's infrastructure push -- election advantage or drag?

New metro line is a win for president, but debt concerns linger

ERWIDA MAULIA and SHOTARO TANI, Nikkei staff writers | Indonesia

JAKARTA -- With less than a month to go before election day, a grinning President Joko Widodo stood inside a jammed subway car and touted the opening of Indonesia's first-ever metro network, the Jakarta MRT.

"I think this is a new culture, a new civilization that we must start to make a habit of," the president said on the packed, fast-moving train.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more