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OSAKA — Over 1,000 potential business deals with companies from 33 countries await Japanese firms at this year’s Global Business Opportunities Convention, scheduled to be held here in October, according to the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The annual convention, which started in 1983 to offer small and medium-size Japanese companies the opportunity to meet potential business partners from abroad, will take place Oct. 20-22 at My Dome Osaka. Reflecting the recent needs of the Japanese market, an increasing number of companies are expected to bring new products or services related to elderly care, health care and the environment, the chamber officials said.

Meanwhile, arrangements for specific business talks prior to the convention have been requested by 242 foreign firms, 58 of which are from China and 46 from the United States, they said. The chamber will also offer a new section at this year’s event, where business support companies and organizations at home and abroad will open booths to provide advice to Japanese firms wishing to extend their business overseas.

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