The Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in China (CJCCI) based in Beijing first launched its "Visit Japanese Enterprises and Feel Japan" program in 2007, the year that marked the 35th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China and was designated "The Japan-China Exchange Year of Culture and Sports." The program was instituted to give invited Chinese university students a chance to deepen their understanding of Japanese business and culture. As one of the core members of CJCCI, Sumitomo Corporation offers training and homestays for Chinese university students coming to Japan.
On May 30, 2013, a 43-student delegation to Japan called on Sumitomo Corporation as part of the "Visit Japanese Enterprises and Feel Japan" program.
Tadashi Takimoto, then president of Sumitomo Shoji Research Institute, Inc., which is now Sumitomo Corporation Global Research Co. Ltd., gave a talk on the origins of integrated trading companies entitled "Integrated Trading Companies Getting Ahead of the Changing Times," and was followed by Masato Izaki, head of the East Asia Team in the Global Strategy & Coordination Department, who briefed the visitors on the Sumitomo Corporation Group's activities in China. After these presentations, employees previously posted to China as well as Chinese employees of the Sumitomo Corporation Group joined the guests in a convivial get-together to deepen exchange. The feedback from the participating students was that they had gained a good understanding of Sumitomo Corporation's wide-ranging business activities and the corporate philosophy that underlies them.
This 10-day Japan visit program included a one-night, two-day homestay designed to give participants a taste of life in a Japanese household, and the families of Sumitomo Corporation employees cooperated in taking in these students.
With the delegation members
At the get-together