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Sunday, March 13, 2005

KANSAI: Who & What

Nomura expert to talk on state of economy Richard Koo, Nomura Research Institute's chief economist, will give a presentation 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Ritz-Carlton in Kita Ward, Osaka.

The presentation, titled "The Yin-Yang Cycle of Bubbles and Balance Sheet Recessions: A Lesson from Japanese Experience," will outline the current economic conditions facing Japan.

The speech, sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, will be in English.

The cost to attend is 7,000 yen with lunch. Reservations must be made by Tuesday.

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

Major antique fair to be held in Kyoto A large-scale antique fair will be held Friday to Sunday at Pulse Plaza in Fushimi Ward, Kyoto.

The Antique Grand Fair in Kyoto is the largest of its kind in western Japan. About 330 vendors from Japan and other countries will display more than 1.5 million items.

This fair, the 31st in the series, will feature a wide variety of antiques ranging from Royal Copenhagen porcelain to Nepalese traditional fabrics.

Entrance is free. The fair will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To get there, take the subway or Kintetsu Line to Takeda Station, and then ride a free bus to the venue or use a taxi.

For more information, call the organizer at (077) 522-2307.

Free trade promoted at fair in Osaka The Osaka International House Foundation is hosting a two-day event to introduce fair trade to the general public Saturday and Sunday at International House, Osaka, in Tennoji Ward.

Fair trade is a trading process which promotes more equitable, less exploitative dealings with producers and farmers in developing countries to make sure they receive sufficient compensation for goods and products. The Fair Trade Festa will feature various booths selling handicrafts, food and other fair traded products, giving people an opportunity to learn about the practice, which is gaining increased popularity in the world.

The venue is a six-minute walk from Uehonmachi Station on the Kintetsu Line, or a 10-minute walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station on the Tanimachi or Sennichimae subway lines.

Entrance is free. The venue will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

For more information, call the organizer at (06) 6773-8182, fax (06) 6773-8421 or e-mail ft@ih-osaka.or.jp

Kobe's international fair will kick off Sunday Kobe International Fair 2005 will take place Sunday at Duo Dome and Space Theater in the Chuo Ward.

More than 50 international organizations, mostly based in Kobe, as well as students from local international schools, will showcase their activities, sell food and products from around the world and perform on stage. The organizations include Japan Canada Kai, which will be selling maple syrup, smoked salmon and providing information about the Terry Fox Run, a charity marathon to raise funds for cancer research.

Both of the venues are near JR Kobe Station. Duo Dome is in Duo Kobe, an underground shopping arcade, and Space Theater is on the basement floor of Kobe Harborland Center Building.

Entrance is free. The fair will run 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call the fair's executive committee at (078) 291-8441.

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