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“Think Global, Think Hong Kong” Set for Japan in May
HKTDC’s Largest Japanese Promotion Targets Tokyo, Osaka

15 March 2012 – The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will launch its largest Japanese promotional campaign in May. “Think Global, Think Hong Kong” (TGTHK), 13-19 May, will showcase Hong Kong’s advantages for Japanese companies looking to tap new business opportunities in Asia, particularly on the Chinese mainland. 

More than 2,000 Japanese corporate leaders, government officials, heads of small and medium-sized enterprises, services providers, academics and opinion leaders with a special interest in Asia, particularly the Chinese mainland, are expected to attend TGTHK. Some 100 senior government officials and businesspeople from Hong Kong will also participate. 

High-Level Discussions
Event highlights will include major symposiums in Tokyo, 15 May, and Osaka, 17 May.

Keynote speakers at the Tokyo symposium will include Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SAR Government, and Tadashi Okamura, Chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Industry Advisor to the Board, Toshiba Corporation.

A wide variety of Hong Kong and Japanese business leaders will also speak at the symposiums. They include Tung Chee Chen, Chairman and CEO of Orient Overseas (International) Ltd; Fang Fang, JP Morgan’s Vice-Chairman, Asia and CEO, China, Investment Banking; Makoto Kigawa, President of Yamato Holdings Company Ltd; Hiroyuki Suzuki, Executive VP of Nomura Holdings Inc; Shigetaka Sato, Chairman of Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Board, Keihan Electric Railway Co, Ltd; and Dr Jonathan Choi, Chairman of the Hong Kong-Japan Business Co-operation Committee.   

Thematic Sessions
The morning symposiums will be followed by a variety of thematic sessions in the afternoon. At these concurrent sessions, close to 60 high-profile Hong Kong and Japanese speakers will showcase Hong Kong’s role as Asia’s services centre and gateway to China business opportunities.

The sessions will provide practical tips to Japanese companies on selling consumer brands and distributing creative content in China, exploring partnership opportunities on green and manufacturing technology, setting up in the Pearl River Delta, taxation and legal issues for doing business in China, and opportunities arising from the expanding renminbi business.

On the evening of 15 May, HKTDC Chairman Jack So will host the Hong Kong Dinner in Tokyo, with Chief Executive Donald Tsang as keynote speaker. More than 500 business and political leaders from Hong Kong and Japan are expected to attend.

Hong Kong Business Expertise
Hong Kong professional service providers from the corporate service, accounting, legal and logistics sectors will be at the Tokyo and Osaka symposiums to offer free practical business consultation to Japanese participants. Two visiting Hong Kong business delegations, covering health food and technology, will also take part in the symposiums, offering additional networking opportunities.

Japanese Co-Organisers and Supporting Organisations
TGTHK is organised in association with the Japan External Trade Organisation and Small and Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation, Japan. 

In addition, TGTHK welcomes the support of a number of Japanese organisations: the Japan Association of Corporate Executives, the Japan Business Federation, the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of Finance, and the Reconstruction Agency.

Hong Kong Partners
Ten Hong Kong partners are lending their support to TGTHK: Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Ltd, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Tokyo), the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Hong Kong-Japanese Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation, Information Services Department, Innovation and Technology Commission, InvestHK and The Law Society of Hong Kong. 

Think Global, Think Hong Kong Website: http://www.thinkglobalthinkhk.com/

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC’s Tokyo office:

Akiyasu Shindo
Tel: (81-3) 5210 5850
Email: akiyasu.shindo@hktdc.org

About the HKTDC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com 

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