France-Fukuoka (Kyushu) Economic Forum: Innovation and globalization in the food industry

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The French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan, the Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau, Bordeaux City and Fukuoka City will jointly host an Economic Forum around the theme “Innovation and Globalization in the Food Industry” in an effort to activate business exchanges between the city of Fukuoka, the region of Kyushu and France.

Well-known as a regional hub for the food industry, Fukuoka is more and more considered by French and foreign businesses as an attractive potential destination among other Japanese and Asian markets. Innovative business models and new technologies related to the food and beverage sectors will be presented by French and Japanese companies. The Forum will be followed by a reception with ample time for the participants to network with the speakers and other attendees. 

Date Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Time 13:00-17:00 (doors open at 12:30)
Venue Denki Bldg. Kyosokan 
Address Denki Bldg. 3F, 2-1-82 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Tel. 092-714-5743
Language English and Japanese (interpretation provided)     
Admission fee free
Seats limited to 150 (first-come first-served)

Organizer French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (CCI France Japon)
Co-organizer Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau
Partners City of Bordeaux, French Embassy in Japan, Kyushu-Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, Fukuoka Prefecture, City of Fukuoka, Fukuoka Directive Council, Kyushu Economic Federation, Kyushu Economic Research Center, JETRO Fukuoka,  The Kyushu New Business Conference, Institut Français du Japon-Kyushu, Kyushu France Partners Club, Bordeaux Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Sponsors Air Liquide Japan Ltd, Bolloré Logistics Japan KK



13:00 – 15:45: Seminar (simultaneous interpretation in English and Japanese)

Opening remarks by:
CCI France Japon, Armel Cahierre, Chairman
Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fukuoka Convention & Visitors Bureau & Kyushu France Partners Club, Seiji Isoyama, Chairman
French Embassy, Laurent Pic, Ambassador of France to Japan
City of Bordeaux, Didier Cazabonne, Vice Mayor
City of Fukuoka, Atsuhito Sadakari, Vice Mayor

Presentation by Nakamura Gakuen University, Ph.D. Satoshi Kai, President, Mice Ambassador of Fukuoka
"The current status & the outlook of the food distribution in Fukuoka (Kyushu)"

Presentation by Takashi Sano, President of Chocolate Shop
"From one piece of Chocolate: From Hakata to Paris"

Presentation by Takeshi Sadamune, Sales Manager, Bolloré Logistics Japan KK
"Fukuoka as an international logistics hub for food and beverage industry"

Presentation by Jean-François Roques, Industrial Merchant Division, Food & Pharma Domain Manager, Air Liquide Japan Ltd
"Air Liquide and Food, innovations and global solutions"

Panel Discussion
Moderator Iain Bitran, Executive Director, ISPIM and Mice Ambassador of Fukuoka
Norbert Leuret, President, LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton Japan K.K 
Louis Robuchon Abe, President, Japan Exquise KK
Kenji Takeuchi, President, KK Farm Pro
Hiroyuki Tanaka, President & Representative Director, Yamaguchi Aburaya Fukutaro Co. 
Takeshi Sakai, President of JEXPO

15:45 – 17:00: networking reception at conference room C

To register for this event, please click here to download the form and send it back to us before Thursday, May 10th, 2018.
- By fax: 03-3288-9558
- By e-mail: assistant-kansai-desk(@)


Related Event: The 2018 CCI France Japon Fukuoka Gala dinner
Venue: Hotel New Otani Hakata (1-1-2, Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka) 
Admission: 30 000 yen/person (gourmet French dinner, live performance included)
- To book your seat, please contact Nobuko Yoshida at n.yoshida(@)


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