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Globalization in depth, Complimentary Coffee


Globalization in depth

The Society of Global Business, a Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo-based organization of business and educational leaders working to foster the talent needed for success in today’s global economy, will hold their second National Convention on March 22 and 23 at Kyoto University in Kyoto.

Cosponsored by the Graduate School of Management of Kyoto University, this year’s convention will focus on the “Globalization of Japan’s Omotenashi Creative and Innovative Service Industry” (omotenashi means hospitable).

The two-day convention will feature a variety of lectures, a panel discussion and academic research presentations. The first day begins with the keynote speech by Daiko Matsuyama, a Zen Buddhist priest at the Taizo-in subtemple in Myoshin-ji Temple. Matsuyama is the official government “Visit Japan Ambassador” and the city of Kyoto’s omotenashi ambassador. His talk will be followed by one by former Ambassador to China Uichiro Niwa.

Discussions on the second day feature research presentations and a special session by the TPP Study Group. Presentations will cover a wide range of topics, including “Globalization and the Problem of Energy,” “Entertainment in the Age of Globalization,” “Impact of Globalization on Organizations,” and “Globalization of Investments and Society.”

For more details on the convention and the organization, call 03-5269-4745 or visit .


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Complimentary coffee

Fino Hotels Co. has begun offering a free cup of coffee to each guest who checks out before 7 a.m. at its Best Western hotels throughout Japan.

In cooperation with UCC Ueshima Coffee Co., one of Japan’s leading coffee manufacturers, the hotel is hoping to boost its appeal by offering customers who leave the hotel before the restaurants open at 7 a.m. a cup of original coffee to go when checking out.

The coffee was created with the idea of mixing the refreshing breezes of the hotel’s hometown of Long Beach, California, with Japanese hospitality. The resulting blend is a fresh, richly flavored coffee.

There are seven Best Western hotels nationwide, with facilities in Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, Oita, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture, and two hotels in Sapporo.

For more information, visit .