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Keidanren prepares for China green tech expo

Kyodo

The Keidanren business organization is gearing up to cohost a three-day trade fair featuring advanced environmental technology in Shanghai starting Sept. 20.

The Japan-China Green Expo 2012, expected to draw 110 companies, universities and municipalities, is going ahead even though the diplomatic tension over the Senkaku territorial dispute is stoking anxiety in business circles.

The expo will be held in collaboration with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

Keidanren Chairman Hiromasa Yonekura, Toshiba Corp. Chairman Atsutoshi Nishida and former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda are expected to be among the attendees.

The expo will take place when the Japan-China Economic Association, with Yonekura as honorary chairman, sends a delegation of business leaders to Beijing for talks with high-ranking Chinese officials starting Sept. 22.

The visits by Japanese business figures may provide a litmus test of whether the two countries are able to present a positive view on the interdependence of Asia's two biggest economies.

The fair is being held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the normalization of the countries' diplomatic ties. The organizers say they are expecting around 30,000 people to visit the expo.

"The nervous problems and the economy should not be mixed up," key organizer Yasuo Katsura, vice president of Panasonic Corp., said in reference to the territorial dispute.

There are 81 Japanese entities scheduled to participate, including Toray Corp. demonstrating its smart grid technology, the University of Tokyo showing off green cars and the city of Saijo, Ehime Prefecture, touting water treatment technology.

The Chinese participants will likely number around 30, according to the federation.



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