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Meeting with H.E. Mr. Mohammad Jusuf Kalla, the Vice President of Republic of Indonesia

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On February 20, Mr. Matsushita, the Vice Chairman of Kansai Economic Federation (KANKEIREN) had a formal talks with H.E. Mr. Kalla, the Vice President of Republic of Indonesia at Imperial Hotel Osaka.

H.E. Mr. Kalla expressed his appreciation for KANKEIREN's long-term support of human resource development of the Indonesian young managers and cooperation for the Indonesian economy and industries. He promotes the investments from Kansai not only in Java but also other areas in Indonesia, where has well-endowed with labor and natural resources.

In responding to Mr. Kalla's gratitude for the support by KANKEIREN, Mr. Matsushita promised that KANKEIREN will continue the support to Indonesian industries. He requested infrastructure developments and business environment arrangement which are inevitable both to drum up further activities of Kansai companies and to facilitate the investments from Kansai in Java and other areas in Indonesia.

World Expo 2025― Participation in the General Assembly of BIE

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Mr. Masayoshi Matsumoto, Chairman of Kankeiren, participated in the 162nd General Assembly of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) held on November 15th 2017, as a representative of 2025 Japan World Expo Committee.

Each candidate country of World Expo 2025, Japan, France, Russia and Azerbaijan, presented their bid projects.

Japan emphasized that holding the World Expo in Japan would contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations, by presenting several activities such as of Poly-Glu Social Business CO., LTD, a company introducing advanced technology for improving water quality in developing countries. Under the theme of "Designing Future Society for Our Lives", proposed location of Expo 2025 OSAKA-KANSAI/JAPAN is Yumeshima Island, an artificial island in Osaka Bay.

The host country of 2025 World Expo will be chosen at the General Assembly in November 2018.

The Second Business Dialogue between Vietnamese government agencies and Kansai-based companies

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Kankeiren held "the Second Business Dialogue between Vietnamese government agencies and Kansai-based companies" cooperating with Foreign Investment Agency (FIA), Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) in Ho Chi Minh on September 21, 2017. The business dialogue focused on "investment policies by the Vietnamese government and business opportunities for Kansai-based companies operating in Vietnam," and "enhanced cooperation in the environmental field." These two themes were also taken up at the First Vietnam-Kansai Business Dialogue.

Mr. Satoshi Okuda, Vice Chairman of International Committee, Kankeiren, conveyed the opinions of Kansai-based companies, and Mr. Dang Xuan Quang, Deputy Director General of FIA replied that the Government will consider the opinions when they make policy.

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