Coles College of Business celebrates ties with Japan

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (Jan. 29‚ 2007) — Some top Japanese business leaders will be honored at a luncheon…

Georgia (Jan 26, 2007) — Coles College of Business celebrates ties with Japan

Christina Hogan


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Kennesaw‚ Ga. (Jan. 29‚ 2007) – Some top Japanese business leaders will be honored at a luncheon this week hosted by The Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State University.

The luncheon will be held Tuesday‚ January 30 at 11:00 am in the Leadership Room of the KSU Student Center. Speakers will include Japanese Consul General Shoji Ogawa and Coles College Dean Tim Mescon. Craig Lesser of McKenna‚ Long & Aldridge‚ LLP‚ former Commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development‚ will deliver the keynote speech. Top representatives of Murata Electronics North America‚ Inc.‚ Panasonic Automotive Systems Co. of America‚ YKK‚ the Japan External Trade Organization and others are expected to attend.

According to Georgia’s Department of Economic Development‚ Japan is Georgia’s second largest trading partner‚ with more than $1.5 billion in exports. Japanese business invests $7.6 billion in Georgia and employs 32‚000 people.

“Japan is a global leader‚ and more than 300 Japanese businesses have Georgia offices‚” said Hope Torkornoo‚ PhD.‚ Professor of Marketing and International Business. “This event celebrates the successful partnership between the Japanese business community in Georgia and the Coles College‚” he added.

Then‚ on March 3‚ twenty KSU students depart for a study tour of the powerful Asian nation. The MBA Career Growth course includes a ten−day study trip to Tokyo‚ Kyoto and Osaka. Students will visit the Japanese offices of Hitachi‚ Panasonic‚ Murata‚ AFLAC and Coke.

“The experience will give students an opportunity to experience the Japanese business environment for themselves‚” Torkornoo said.


A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing student population approaching 20‚000 from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 graduate and undergraduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.

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