"Small countries can not compete on the same terms as bigger countries", he said on the second day of a three-day visit, during which he will woo Japanese investment and meet Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other officials.
Mahathir, 92, became premier for the second-time last month after Malaysians, angered over accusations of massive corruption, voted out a coalition that had led the country for the six decades since independence.
THERE is a need to kick-start the East Asia Economic Caucus (EAEC) initiative amid growing trade protectionism shown by countries such as the United States (US), says Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"Yes, I am still in favor of EAEC. So we have to deal with China whether we like it or not", he said, adding that the best way was to try and negotiate as a group rather than individual countries.
Dr Mahathir, who is here specifically for the 24th International Conference on the Future of Asia, or Nikkei Conference, is accompanied on his June 10 to 12 visit by his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and Foreign Ministry officials.
International House of Burgers? IHOP changes its name to IHOB
The restaurant's website, still found at www.ihop.com claims their new Ultimate Steakburgers are "un-burgerin"-believable". The restaurant chain famous for pancakes will still serve flapjacks, but now it's serving steakburgers beginning today.
Brexit donor held undisclosed meetings with Russian envoy
Banks and his ally, Wigmore, made repeated contact with Russian officials before the referendum to discuss business opportunities. The emails were given to The Sunday Times by journalist Isabel Oakeshott, Mr Banks's ghostwriter on The Bad Boys of Brexit.
Dr Mahathir said he favoured one single grouping of the whole world which was subjected to the same standards while giving due consideration to the weaknesses and strengths of different nations.
"Our ambition is to start a (new) national vehicle with partners in the region", he said, mentioning countries such as Japan, China, South Korea and Thailand.
At a separate dialogue with foreign correspondents at Japan's National Press Club, Dr Mahathir said in the 20-over years that Malaysia has worked with Mitsubishi Motor Corp, it has acquired most of the skills and technology with regards to the design and production of a new auto.
"I am willing to serve, if that is the wish of the people, as long as they want me, but of course I don't know how long I will last", he said.
An Afghan official said the Taliban have attacked a checkpoint in the southern Kandahar province, killing five security forces. At least 15 security personnel killed in a Taliban attack in Kunduz province of Afghanistan, a local news agency reported.
During his set at the Bonnaroo Music Festival Saturday night, Eminem played a series of sound effects that sounded like gunfire. I 100% understand the effect it could have had on many In the audience, and I do believe we need to put a stop to gun violence.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed the role played by James Milner in his breakthrough season for club and country. The Liverpool right-back saw the tweet and was quick to offer to take care of a shirt for the fan.
Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren-Renault), parti de la 15e place sur la grille, a terminé 16e à l'issue d'une course anonyme. Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) ne peut que compléter le Top 5 après avoir commis une faute de pilotage dans sa 2e tentative.
That stance "confirms the latest unwillingness of Malta and, thus, of Europe, to intervene and take care of the emergency". Doctors Without Borders operates the Aquarius ship, together with the SOS Mediterranean Organisations.
Clarkson recorded the entire incident, which she quoted "prolonged and repetitive", and uploaded it to Facebook . At one point a female officer even tried to block Clarkson's view to hinder the recording.
The North Korean autocrat's every move will be followed by 3,000 journalists up until he shakes hands with Trump. Concrete barricades have been erected outside St Regis Singapore hotel which is within the zoned security area.
It's been reported that the hot new contestants will be paid a measly £200 a week for appearing on the BAFTA winning dating show. The victor will walk away with a whopping £50,000 cash prize if they decide to take the money for themselves.
Before introducing a special performance by Bruce Springsteen at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, Mr. Warning: this video contains strong language that some viewers may find inappropriate for offensive.
Sur un centre de Pavard venu de la droite, Mbappé à 10 mètres du but propulse le ballon au fond de filets. Les Tricolores reprennent leur domination après la pause mais le bloc américain ne lâche toujours rien.
Un trésor découvert dans une maison — Finistère
Le chef d'équipe et les deux intérimaires ont aussitôt prévenu leur patron, le propriétaire de la maison ainsi que la gendarmerie. J'en ai eu une dans la main et elle était nickel, elle brillait comme une médaille de baptême.
`Kaala` takes a gigantic opening in Chennai city alone!
The actor had also caused a stir in Tamil Nadu by describing anti-Sterlite protesters in Thoothukudi as "anti-social elements". The film was expected to start with a bang and shatter the records of Rajinikanth's previous releases in the Telugu states.
Polémique en France autour du rappeur Médine
La numéro deux des Républicains, Virginie Calmels, a souhaité lundi que le préfet et le ministre de l'Intérieur prennent "des dispositions" pour interdire les concerts du rappeur Médine au Bataclan , invoquant "une atteinte à l'ordre public".
Joel Embiid on Bryan Colangelo
Colangelo was the source of sensitive, non-public, club-related information contained in certain posts to the Twitter accounts". Bryan Colangelo was hired by the 76ers in April of 2016 while his farther Jerry Colangelo resigned as the team's chairman.
In eye of storm, scant news of Trump summit in North Korea
It formally referred to Trump by his full name in the Monday report, including his middle initial - the first time it has done so. Shortly after arriving, Kim visited with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is scheduled to meet with Trump on Monday.