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History will be made again at the DFK International Annual Conference

History will be made again at the DFK International Annual Conference with it being staged in Japan for the first time.

Following on from the 50th anniversary of DFK being celebrated at last year’s annual conference in Paris, another milestone will be reached this July with Japan staging the event for 2013.

The conference in Tokyo will be hosted by member firms Larkin & Associates and SK Tokyo Audit Corporation from Wednesday, July 17 to Friday, July 19 and opened by Scott Hazy, President of DFK International.

Executive director Martin Sharp said: “Japan is one of the world’s most important economies and the Asia-Pacific region is a great focus for global growth.

“Many people are looking at the Japanese experience in economic terms. The long period of austerity and impact that has had on the Japanese yen could yield lessons for western economies.”

The conference will give delegates, especially those who have never visited Japan before, a valuable insight into the country’s economy and business opportunities.

Tetsuaki Inoue, partner at SK Tokyo Audit Corporation, believes the timing is perfect for Japan to be hosting DFK’s major conference.

“After the huge earthquake back in March 2011, Japan has been experiencing difficult times for a while. But as for now, we are sure we will strongly come back and still maintain our global presence,” he said.

“Japan is now the third largest GDP country in the world, and is said to be losing its presence in the global economy especially over the last 10 years.

“But with our one-and-only high quality standards of products and services that attract customers all over the world, we think we still have opportunities to grow in the future.

“With more investors coming to Japan, the more opportunities there will be for DFK members to serve their clients in the region.”

The conference at the Shinjuku Hilton will follow the traditional format with external speakers and internal updates and briefings, and will include the annual general meeting and open forum sessions.

The three-day programme will feature an all-day tax seminar on July 17 and draw to a close with a gala dinner on July 19.

The conference will also provide a valuable insight into the cultural characteristics of Japan, which can be important to understand when doing business, and there has been a big demand among delegates to join a post-conference tour of Kyoto and Hiroshima.

Brad Larkin, CEO of Larkin & Associates, said: “It is quite significant for Japan to be hosting the conference and we’re looking forward to welcoming and meeting and catching up with everyone that attends.

“I hope everyone coming to the conference will take away a much higher level of appreciation for the language and cultural differences.

“We want the delegates to get out and about as much as possible so that they can be immersed in the culture.”