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Sunday, Feb. 13, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Learn how to exploit growing seniors market: The American Chamber of Commerce Japan will be hosting a seminar on Japan's seniors market 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the headquarters of Marubeni Co. in Chuo Ward, Osaka.

Tadataka Sato, president and CEO of Data Base Communication Co., and Daisuke Otobe, marketing director of adult care products for Procter & Gamble, will discuss how to strategically plan product marketing in what is expected to be the most dominant demographic in Japan in 10 to 15 years.

The speech will be in Japanese, with English interpretation.

The cost to attend is 6,000 yen. The headset for English interpretation is an additional 1,000 yen.

Reservations must be made by Wednesday.

For reservations and more information, call the ACCJ at (06) 6944-5991, fax (06) 6944-5992 or e-mail kansai@accj.or.jp

Consultations available for non-Japanese: The Kyoto City International Foundation is holding a free consultation session for non-Japanese residents from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 20 at Kyoto International Community House in Sakyo Ward.

The session is aimed at providing foreigners who do not understand Japanese with advice on issues they often face, including legal matters, employment, taxes, social insurance, status of residence and mental health. Advice will be given in strict confidence by specialists in each field.

Interpreters will be available for speakers of English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Portuguese and Thai.

The service is free, but applications in advance are recommended.

The venue, also called Kyoto-shi Kokusai Koryu Kaikan, is a six-minute walk from Keage Station on the Tozai subway line.

For applications and more information, call the organizer at (075) 752-3511.

Kanji reading, writing course offered in Osaka: Osaka International House Foundation is seeking non-Japanese interested in attending a four-week course on Japanese kanji characters, starting next month at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

The course is targeted at students at any level who read hiragana and katakana, and will provide kanji reading and writing lessons.

Classes will be conducted in Japanese only.

There are two courses available. One will be held every Tuesday from March 1 to March 22, and the other every Wednesday from March 2 to March 23. Both will run from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The course fee is 2,000 yen, including the cost of textbooks.

Fifteen applicants will be accepted for each course, on a first-come, first-served basis.

For applications and more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8989.

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