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100-member Japan Partnership Mission explores business opportunities

Mr Hiroshi Zaizen (far left), Mr Raymond Yip (centre) with Ms Shigemi Furuta, Director Japan office, and key representatives of the mission make a toast for successful business partnerships between Hong Kong and Japan.

With business opportunities increasing between Hong Kong and Japan, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) organised a Japan Partnership Mission of over 100 companies to encourage closer cooperation between Japanese and Hong Kong businesses.

In Hong Kong , the Mission attended World SME Expo, the Innovation & Design Expo and the Hong Kong Forum from November 21 to 23.

The Mission comprised five groups of 147 business leaders, representing a wide range of Japanese industry sectors, including design, environmental protection, gifts and premiums, and food.

On November 21, the Mission attended a cocktail reception hosted by TDC at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. During the reception, Japan Partnership Mission members were able to network with over 100 Hong Kong manufacturers and service providers.

In his welcome remarks, Mr Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director of TDC, said that Hong Kong offers the best business model for overseas companies/enterprises to develop their business in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in the fast-growing Chinese mainland market. Bilateral trade between Hong Kong and Japan increased by 3% in the first nine months of 2005 to US$35.6 billion.

Mr Hiroshi Zaizen, President of The Japan Hong Kong Society - Tokyo, emphasized in his speech the importance of cooperation between the two sides and said he wished to continue this close relationship through bilateral committees, such as the Japan Hong Kong Society.

For further details, please contact Desmond Crofton at the Corporate Communication Department at 25844157.

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