Rolf Eckrodt, president and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Motor Corp., on Friday became the first non-Japanese to take part in a closed traditional lunch meeting at one of Japan’s major business conglomerates, the Mitsubishi group.

The gathering is known as Kinyokai, or Friday Club. It is held every second Friday of every month except August. Kinyokai participants are chairmen and presidents of 28 Mitsubishi group companies, including Mitsubishi Corp., Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Ltd. and MMC.

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