On Monday, August 28, the Korea
International Trade Association (KITA, Chairman Christopher Koo) held a dinner
meeting upon inviting Japan’s Kansai Business Friendship Association at
the Samsung-dong Grand Inter-continental Seoul Parnas Hotel.
The Kansai Association of Corporate Executives, which was established in 1946, is one of the three major business
associations in the Kansai region, and 850 businessmen of 600 companies are
participating as members.
In addition, from 2000, each
year, in order to promote Korea-Japan bilateral private exchange, business
delegations have been sent to Korea. This year, 26 businessmen including the
leader, Sugino Toshiyuki, CEO of Sanki
Group, visited Korea for three days.
At this meeting, the KITA
chairman team, including Christopher Koo, Chairman of KITA; Lee Hwi-Ryeong,
Vice Chairman of SeAH Steel Corp.; Song Ho-Keun, Chairman of YG-1; Choi
Myung-Bae, President of Exicon; Lee Kun-Jong, CEO of Hyosung Chemical; Lee
Seung Hyun, CEO of INFAC Korea; and Kang Ho-sung, CEO of CJ’s Managerial
Support Unit attended, as well as Kim Yoon, Chairman of the Korea-Japan
Business Association; Yu Myung-hwan, former Korea Minister of Foreign Affairs;
Shin Kak-Soo, former Korea Ambassador to Japan, totaling about 20 leaders of various
(From the fourth on the left: Yu
Myung-hwan, former Korea Minister of Foreign Affairs; Miyabe Yoshiyuki, Executive
Vice President of Panasonic Holdings; Christopher Koo, Chairman of KITA; Kakumoto
Keiji, Vice Chairman of Sumitomo Bank; and Choi Myung-Bae, President of Exicon.)