GREATER NAGOYA INITIATIVE e-Newsletter  Issue No.36 (May 2009)

Greater Nagoya Means Greater Business Opportunities

1. Event : ACCJ Chubu Walkathon (May 24 ’09)

2. Organization: Are you looking for sightseeing guides for your visit in GN?

3. GNI News: GNI Website Updated Info, Advanced companies in FY 2008

1. Event : ACCJ Chubu Walkathon (May 24 ’09)

The American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) and the Nagoya International School (NIS) announced that they will hold the 18th Annual Charity Walkathon and International Festival for 2009 on Sunday, May 24 at Tsuruma Park (also called Tsurumai Park). Coinciding with the park’s 100th anniversary and at the invitation of the City of Nagoya, this event will be held for the first time in Tsuruma Park.

– The Walkathon is an all-day outdoor festival for charity, open to the public. It is officially supported by the City of Nagoya and the U.S. Consulate. It is organized and managed entirely by volunteers from the U.S. business community in Chubu, and with Japanese and international friends and associates from all over Japan.

– Held annually, the Walkathon raised 8 million yen for Chubu-based charities in 2008.

– Proceeds go to local organizations including orphanages, the homeless, victims of child abuse, the physically and mentally challenged and many other needy people.

– In addition to an organized 5 kilometer walk around Tsuruma Park in the morning, there will be international food, live bands, games, raffles, and other activities all day long.

– The Walkathon’s major sponsors include Boeing, Toyota, Shinsei Bank, Aflac, Hilton Nagoya, United Technologies, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Harman Becker, Oak Lawn Marketing, H&R Consultants and many other international companies in Chubu and throughout Japan..

Date: Sunday, May 24, 2009

Time: 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

Place: Tsuruma Park (Tsurumai Park), Nagoya

Nagoya Walkathon Official Website:

2. Are you looking for sightseeing guides for your visit in Greater Nagoya?


A volunteer guide gives explanation on Nagoya Castle.

Visitors at Nagoya Castle

Aichi Goodwill Guides Network (AGGN) has approximately 90 volunteers who can serve as sightseeing guides of Nagoya area or as interpreters in various meetings.

[Service details]

1) When you need guides or interpreters, contact with AGGN secretariat by E-mail, fax, or telephone, at least one week before your scheduled date.

2) Although no guide fee is charged, all entrance fees, transportation, food and drink costs for the guide(s) during the tour will be paid by the person(s) requesting guide service.

3) You will also enjoy sight-seeing tours of Nagoya Castle or Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology by our English-speaking volunteer guide(s).

Nagoya Castle: Every 1st and 3rd Saturday afternoons


Toyota Commemorative Museum: Every 2nd and 4th Saturday afternoons

For further details, contact to
-Aichi Goodwill Guides Network
-E-mail Address:

-Fax: 0561-75-6977 / Telephone: 0561-75-6977

Aichi Goodwill Guides Network (AGGN) is a non-profit organization, established in April 1999, to provide volunteer guide services for sightseeing tours in Aichi Prefecture to guests from overseas. AGGN hopes to promote friendship and understanding of Japan by offering services as volunteer guides.

3. GNI News: Greater Nagoya Initiative Website Updated Info

GNI advancement section in Greater Nagoya Initiative’s Website was updated in May 1st, and currently 59 new non-Japanese companies that launched in Greater Nagoya with services of GNI are introduced. The list contains the official name of the companies, establishment date, and service descriptions. Please check which companies have come to Greater Nagoya.

GNI advancement section:

Also, how to utilize the Greater Nagoya Initiative’s supports and services is introduced in GNI Movies section. Please visit by clicking the icon “GNI Movies” on the left side of the front page.

GNI Movies:


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