KYOTO — The two-day Kansai Business Seminar opened here Wednesday with organizers calling on business leaders to reform Japan’s business practices and to revitalize the Kansai economy in the face of global competition.
Before about 380 business leaders, government officials and university professors, Kiyoji Morii, head of the Kansai Productivity Center, one of the organizers of the seminar, said that Japanese businesses need to reform traditional business practices such as life-time employment and the inflexible “keiretsu” cross-shareholding system in order to meet the needs of a changing business environment.

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