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Japan-U.S. Business Report

No. 351, December 1998

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American Companies in Japan


Japanese contractors continue to turn to American companies for expertise on how to build the food safety standards captured by the HACCP (hazard analysis critical control points) program into food-service facilities. The latest is MAEDA CORP. In charge of the construction of Japan's first HACCP-based large meat processing plant, located in Fukuoka's central wholesale market, the general contractor has retained the Tokyo subsidiary of CINI-LITTLE INTERNATIONAL, INC. to advise it on HACCP-related matters. By working with the Rockville, Maryland firm and other businesses that specialize in the design of food-service facilities, Maeda hopes to gain a competitive edge on its rivals. Industry experts predict that HACCP requirements soon will become the norm in Japan.

The Xcite-World Marketplace shopping center has opened on three floors of what was a department store in Sagamihara, Kanagawa prefecture. Commercial real estate developer AMERICAN MALLS INTERNATIONAL INC. was in charge of the conversion and will manage the 36-store complex, which has roughly 108,000 square feet of retail space (see Japan-U.S. Business Report No. 344, May 1998, p. 13). The building is connected to ODAKYU ELECTRIC RAILWAY CO., LTD.'s Sagamiohno Station.

BEST WESTERN INTERNATIONAL, INC. has opened four new Best Western hotels in Japan. The Best Western Hotel Nagasaki, located on the hillside overlooking the Kyushu city, has 48 guest rooms. The Best Western Hotel Takayama in Gifu prefecture features 78 guest rooms. Tsuyama, Okayama prefecture is home to the Best Western Tsuyama Plaza Hotel with 41 guest rooms. Located lakeside in Toyokawa, Aichi prefecture is the Best Western Toyokawa Grand Hotel; it offers 40 guest rooms. A Nagoya real estate company is managing the hotels for the world's largest lodging chain.

An exchange rate of ¥121=$1.00 was used in this report.

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