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Mitsui Soko

Forty-five years of providing logistics services to the U.S.

Mar 27, 2014
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Mitsui-Soko President Masafumi Inoue (seated on the left) leads a team of one of the fast-growing Japanese logistics firms in the United States.

Securing a 30 percent share of the logistics market for Japanese electronics companies in the United States is a herculean task, but Mitsui-Soko accomplished the feat through its dedication to “kaizen,” the Japanese concept of always striving to achieve the best.

Starting as a representative office in 1977, Mitsui-Soko USA recognized the potential of developing its internal services on a national scale.

By 1982, it had launched a fully operational network of warehouses and inland transportation hubs across the 50 states.

Today, it provides a full spectrum of logistics solutions: freight forwarding, warehousing, local inland transportation, international air and sea transportation, and customs clearance services.

“We have been true to our clients and remain focused on forty-five years of providing logistics services to the U.S. what they need. With a business portfolio that includes many leading Japanese companies, we welcome the opportunity for companies from any nation to benefit from the strength of the services we provide, and to proceed with confidence on the basis of our reputation in the industry,” stressed President Masafumi Inoue.

Mitsui-Soko continues to expand its services to other sectors, beyond its well established client base in the aircraft, automotive, chemical, food and electronics industries.

Recently, it announced the grand opening of its new West Coast Food Distribution Center, a 50,000-square-foot, FDA- registered food warehouse near Los Angeles, dedicated exclusively to providing logistics support to the food industry.

“The trend of Japanese companies doing business in the United States is increasing, as is the diversity of our clientele. In response, we are improving our capacity and planning further expansion to offer service that remains both relevant and contemporary,” Inoue explained.

“The United States is a country of innovation. We embrace that spirit and are here to find creative solutions that support our clients and enable them to succeed,” he added.


- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on Los Angeles 2014 (Credit: Jose Sanchez)

Hochiki America Corp.

Safety and quality always

By Conrad Becker
- Mar 27, 2014
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Hochiki America Corp. President Hisham Harake

Since entering the U.S. market in the 1970s, Hochiki America Corporation has steadily grown to become one of the country’s premier manufacturers and suppliers of fire alarm systems and equipment.

Even when the global recession battered the U.S. economy in 2008, the Japanese subsidiary maintained its position in the United States and South America.

“We were able to maintain our market share primarily because we were constantly upgrading and expanding our product family,” President Hochiki Hisham Harake said.

While continuing to strengthen its position in the United States, Hochiki America anticipates further growth in its business with expansion into Mexico, Central America, and South America.

“Adopting the high quality standards and procedures of Hochiki Corporation in Japan has been a big benefit for us. At the same time, we are able to add value to the product because we have local support and take into consideration local culture, local market requirements, and local customer requirements. We view these things as a big advantage for Hochiki America,” Harake said.

Hochiki America continues to introduce new products and technologies into the North and South American markets, with the goal of providing reliable and effective life safety solutions for all sizes and types of applications in all types of markets.

Hochiki’s unwavering commitment to excellence remains the foundation of the company’s century old reputation for quality and reliability.


- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on Los Angeles 2014 (Credit: Conrad Becker)

Sumitomo Realty and Development / Intercontinental Hotels

The best of both worlds

Mar 27, 2014
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Sumitomo Realty and Development President Mari Miyoshi

When Sumitomo Realty and Development (SR&D) President Mari Miyoshi took over the Inter Continental Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, she had only one thing in mind: to create a great hotel that impressed guests with modern luxury and understated elegance.

“You will feel very important from the moment you arrive, with everyone the valet parking staff, the welcoming team bowing to you as you enter,” said Ms. Miyoshi.

Located on the Avenue of the Stars, the property the hotel now stands on was bought by Inter Continental from 20th Century Fox nearly 30 years ago. Going through several downturns in the entertainment and hotel industries, as well as domestic and global economic recessions, the hotel still stands, checking in loyal and new customers alike.

Since taking over the helm of the hotel two years ago, Miyoshi has overseen a huge growth in revenue and the occupancy rate, which has reached an impressive average of 80 percent, thanks to her meticulous eye and strong work ethic.

“I don’t want to sell a bed in a box. I want to share a great and special experience with my guests. I pay attention to every single detail. Our main focus is on our service. I am really handson because I love to be involved. But this success is the result of teamwork. I make sure my employees are happy in their work, so they transfer that to our guests,” stressed Ms. Miyoshi.

In only two years, the Inter Continental Los Angeles has grown very popular among A list Hollywood celebrities and entertainment moguls, as well as business travelers and tourists.

SR&D has created a unique experience by blending Japanese and American touches in its brand of hospitality.

“We make our own way of hospitality. Having a Japanese owner gives us a great advantage. Ms. Miyoshi really takes the time to educate us about the Japanese culture,” said Hotel Manager Steve Choe.


- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on Los Angeles 2014 (Credit: Jose Sanchez)

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