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Japan's maritime leaders show support for Sea Asia 2011

Japan's maritime leaders show support for Sea Asia 2011

Tokyo: Japanese shipowners and maritime professionals have shown their support for the bi-annual Sea Asia, the region's leading conference and exhibition event for the shipping sectors. Sea Asia 2011, with the central theme of The Asian Voice in World Shipping, will run for three days from 12-14 April in Singapore. The event was today endorsed by senior figures in the Japanese shipping community at a briefing in Tokyo hosted by the event co-organisers, Seatrade and the Singapore Maritime Foundation (SMF). Koji Miyahara, chairman of Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line), said: "Sea Asia has grown in significance since its launch in 2007 and we hope the 2011 event will be the largest yet. I believe it will be supported by many representatives from Japan's shipping and maritime industries as it is well-recognised as a major meeting place for the exchange of ideas and views." Seatrade's chairman Christopher Hayman said: "The support of the Japanese shipping and maritime communities for Sea Asia is vital for the success of the event as we recognise that Japan remains one of the world's great maritime nations which continues to play a leading global role in both shipowning and shipbuilding. More than 85% of the exhibition space has already been booked by maritime, shipping and offshore-related companies from close to 40 countries, and the organisers confidently expect to surpass the numbers of the last Sea Asia, when over 10,000 executives from 62 countries came for the three-day event. [11/01/11]

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