On October 19, 2007, the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) held the meeting of ACCJ Officers and Governors in Osaka. Although such meetings are usually held in Tokyo, on this occasion the ACCJ decided to hold the event in Osaka in response to bidding activities by the Osaka Business and Investment Center (O-BIC), whose office is located in the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry. To encourage U.S. enterprises operating in Tokyo to establish offices/operations in Osaka, the O-BIC hopes to reinforce its ties with the ACCJ. The O-BIC will continue to invite ACCJ executive members to Osaka to introduce the Citys up-to-date business environment.
|The welcome reception|
Established in 1948, the ACCJ is the largest foreign-affiliated business circle in Japan, with a membership of approximately 1,400 enterprises, most of which are from the U.S. The ACCJ Kansai Chapter in Osaka is committed to various activities designed to further the Japan-U.S. economic partnership.
|Mr. Charles D. Lake II, ACCJ President, offering greetings|
Before the meeting of ACCJ Officers and Governors, President Charles D. Lake II and some 20 other members attended a welcome reception held by the O-BIC. During the reception, President Lake introduced the ACCJ principle, sori-kyosei (literally, mutual profit and mutual existence). He expressed his hope of deepening relations with businesses in Osaka and the Kansai region, so as to achieve a win-win arrangement by working together.
In his greetings, Mr. Daniel Russel – Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General, Osaka-Kobe – stated that although Americans are well aware that there is more to Japan than Tokyo, they have few opportunities to go outside of Tokyo. He also expressed his hope that U.S.-Osaka cooperation will help maximize the great potential of Osaka and the Kansai region as a whole, potential that is yet to be exploited.
Following the reception, the O-BIC invited participants to an industrial tour of large redevelopment project sites, including Osaka North Yard, Nakanoshima Island, Midosuji Avenue and Namba. By showing the vitality of Osakas economy, which has experienced a remarkable upturn, the O-BIC encouraged U.S. businesses to locate their establishments in Osaka and to invest in Osakas businesses.
|Mr. Daniel R Russel, Consul General of the U.S. Consulate General, Osaka-Kobe, offering greetings||Mr. Hiroo Suzaki, Director General, Japan External Trade Organization, OSAKA, offering greetings (Mr. Suzaki concurrently serves as vice chairman of the International Business Committee, Osaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry)|
Updated on November 1, 2007