Business leaders consider scaling down China visit

Kyodo, JIJI

The Japan-China Economic Association said Thursday it may scale down a delegation it is sending to China next Tuesday to just 20 participants from the initially planned 175 after the host organization voiced safety concerns over hosting such a large group of Japanese.

The association has narrowed down the list of delegates to top corporate managers such as Hiromasa Yonekura, chairman of the Keidanren business federation, and Toyota Chairman Fujio Cho, who is to head the delegation.

The association thinks it should continue its dialogue with Chinese business and government leaders despite the current strain in bilateral relations, officials said. It has been sending members to China annually since 1975.

Yonekura has said he wants to visit China soon to help patch up bilateral relations.

But whether the delegation will be able to visit Beijing is still unclear as the association has yet to make final adjustments to the trip with the Chinese side, according to sources.

The mission’s itinerary has already been shortened due to the territorial tensions.