Issue No.60 (May 2011)

Greater Nagoya Means Greater Business Opportunities

1. Event: Walkathon, International Charity Festival in Greater Nagoya
2. Event: Event: Pre-Walkathon Welcome Reception & Greater Nagoya Industrial Tour
3. Event: 22nd Classic Car Festival
4. Report: Japan’s Recovery – Current Status of Japan’s Economy

1. Event: Walkathon, International Charity Festival in Greater Nagoya

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and the Nagoya International School (NIS) announced that they will hold the 20th Annual Walkathon and International Charity Festival for 2011 on Sunday, May 22.
They are taking it to a new location at the Expo Memorial Park (Morikoro Park).

The Walkathon is the annual event that helps raise money for local charities in the Greater Nagoya area, and is an all-day outdoor festival for charity, open to the public with ticket purchase (all proceed go to charity, prices are 2,000 yen for adults and 1,000 yen for students).

It brings together well over two thousand members of the International and Japanese communities to support the vital work being conducted by local NPOs and charitable organizations. Last year, more than 2,000 people participated, and raised over 7million yen to 27 charities, which support children and those in need in the Greater Nagoya Area. This year’s goal is to raise 10 million Yen.
The Walkathon should prove to be a fun and memorable event and a super opportunity for international exchange between members of the Japanese and International communities.

There are two courses this year, 1.3 kilometer one that goes around Classic Car Festival (see 4th article below) and the other 2.5 kilometer that takes advantage of the vast green vast green area and goes out near the “Satsuki and Mei House” and back. There will be lots of fun, food, an exciting stage show, and a raffle with great prizes.

The Walkathon’s major sponsors include Boeing, Oak Lawn Marketing, H&R Consultants,Kondo Sanko K.K., Hilton Nagoya, and many other companies.

[Event Detail]
  Date: Sunday, May 22, 2011
  Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
  Place: Expo Memorial Park (Morikoro Park)

Nagoya Walkathon Official Website:

2.  Event: Pre-Walkathon Welcome Reception & Greater Nagoya Industrial Tour

Pre-Walkathon Reception will take place in the Hilton Nagoya on May 21st, the day before the Walkathon. Mr. Michael Alfant, 2011 ACCJ President, and Mr. Paul M. Fitzgerald, Minister-Counselor for Consular Affairs, U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, and Greater Nagoya’s Business leaders will attend the reception, share the time, and exchange information.

[Event Detail]
  Date: Saturday, May 21, 2011
  Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  Venue: Hilton Nagoya 5F Ginsen-no-ma
  Cost: 5,000 yen
  Dress Code:Smart Casual

After the Pre-walkathon welcome reception, the Greater Nagoya Industrial Tour will take place to introduce the regional attractiveness to the Governors of American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. The tour will be to visit the Shiraki Brewery in Gifu city for the taste of aged Japanese sake. The tour members will conclude the day with the traditional cormorant fishing.

Cormorant fishing on the pristine Nagara River is one of the most summer sights of Gifu City. This is a traditional night fishing method in which a cormorant fishing master and cormorant birds work together to fish by the flames of fishing fire lanterns reflecting on the dark surface of the river, with Mt Kinka and lofty Gifu Castle on its summit providing a dramatic backdrop to the scene.

  Date: May 11 – October 15
  Time: Scheduled boat Course A: 6:15 p.m., Course B: (1) 6:45 p.m. (2) 7:15 p.m.
  Charge: Adults 3,300yen, Children 2,900yen on weekend
  Address: Gifu city cormorant Fishing viewing Boat Office,
  1-2 Minato-machi, Gifu City
  Contact: Gifu City Cormorant Fishing Viewing Boat Office
  TEL: +81-52-262-0104

Reference: Experience Beautiful Gifu Website:

3.  Event: 22nd Classic Car Festival

The Toyota Automobile Museum will hold 22nd Classic Car Festival in Nagakute-cho. Over 100 domestic and foreign classic cars (pre-1981) from private collectors as well as classic cars from Museum will be show. The highlight of the event is the parade around the park, but visitors can also learn about traffic safety, and take commemorative photos with their favorite classic cars.

[Event Detail]
Date: May 22(Sun)
Time: 9:30 – 16:00
Where: Moricoro Park Nagakute-cho, Nagoya-city,
By Public Transport: From Fujigaoka Subway Station,
take the Linimo Line to Ai-chikyuhaku Kinen Koen (Expo Memorial Park) Station
By Car: From Nagoya follow Higashiyama Dori / Green Road,
extensive car-parking is available

Reference: NAGOYA CALENDAR issued by Nagoya International Center

4.   Report: Japan’s Recovery – Current Status of Japan’s Economy

Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) conducted the “Emergency Survey of Actual Situations of Industries after the Great East Japan Earthquake” in order to understand the actual status of industries (situation and prospects of restoration of production bases in the earthquake-affected areas, stagnant production under the limited supply of products, components etc. and the impact on consumption of the widespread self-restraint in terms of economic activities and so on) following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11.
METI also conducted hearings from companies to ascertain the current operational status of major companies in the supply chain and movement of the industries towards recovery and prepared the “The Activities of Japan’s Industry to Revive the Supply Chain”.
Please see below page for the details.

-Activities of Japan’s Industry to Revive the Supply Chain
-Impact on the Supply Chain by Affected Companies
Reference: Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) Official Website:

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