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European Business Council (EBC) Executive Operating Board Meeting held in Osaka

As a result of the approaches by “Osaka Business and Investment Center” known as’ O-BIC’ with its Secretariat based in Osaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (OCCI), the European Business Council (EBC) held on May 22 its ExecutiveOperating Boarding meeting at OCCI, for the first time in the city of Osaka.

EBC in Japan represents chambers of commerce and industry or other Japan-based economic organizations of 18 European countries with its membership of about 3,000 European companies and individuals as members, conducting vigorous activities for the best interest of such European representatives in Japan, in regularly meeting with those of the Ministry of Economy and Industry as well as in making constructive proposals to the authorities.

On the visit to OCCI for the Executive Operating Board meeting, 13 Board members with Chairman Mr.Richard Collasse (President, CHANEL K.K. Japan) as the leader exchanged views on various issues with OCCI Vice Chairman Mr. Makoto Kato (Executive Vice President, ITOCHU Corporation), OCCI International Business Committee Chairman Mr. Satoshi Adachi (Corporate Vice President, Marubeni Corporation) and other officials.

At the press interview after the meeting with OCCI, Chairman Collasse expressed his views on Osaka emphasizing his impression that the Osaka/Kansai is surely making a smooth recovery and also that its manufacturing industry is particularly strong with a great spirit of innovation.

Scene from meeting between EBC delegates and those of Osaka Prefecture, Osaka City, OCCI and O-BIC Chairman R. Collasse (center), OCCI Vice Chairman M. Kato (right), OCCI International Business Committee Chairman S. Adachi (left)

As President of CHANEL K.K. Japan, Mr. Collasse expressed his keen interest in Osaka for its concentration or accumulation of companies manufacturing unique new materials or fibers. He also commented on expansion or renovations at Osaka’s department stores one after another as being symbolic of Osaka’s motive power toward full revival of economy, as well as on Midosuji, for its scale, beauty and potentials of energy that should be like the Champs-Elyses of Paris. He emphasized his hope that he would like to further strengthen the relations between Osaka and EBC through another meeting like this one next year again.

Updated on June 7, 2007


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