Ja­pan-Davao flight a ne­ces­sity

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Business - By LYKA AMETHYST H. CASAMAYOR

THE Ja­pan Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try (JCCI) said the ab­sence of a Davao-Tokyo di­rect flight in Davao City ham­pers some of the Ja­panese in­vestors to con­sider the city as a busi­ness lo­ca­tion.

JCCI vice pres­i­dent Takeyoshi Su­mikawa said Mon­day, June 10, dur­ing the SM City Kape­han me­dia forum that the di­rect flight is a ne­ces­sity for busi­nesses to en­sure that the goods from Ja­pan re­main fresh de­spite hours of trans­port process.

“There are many Ja­panese com­pa­nies that are in­ter­ested in Davao but we need more ef­fort. We def­i­nitely need a di­rect flight to Tokyo, that is one thing,” Su­mikawa said.

“For ex­am­ple, cargo of fresh fish, flow­ers or veg­eta­bles from Ja­pan, be­cause there is no di­rect flight to Davao, it needs to be stopped over first to the Manila air­port. The wait­ing hours some­times take three hours un­der sun­shine. The prod­ucts will rot so there must be a di­rect flight, it im­por­tant to have it,” Su­mikawa said.

Su­mikawa said they are al­ready talks with the DCCCII pres­i­dent Ar­turo Mi­lan re­gard­ing the con­cern.

“I talked with [him and said that] he is also very ac­tive in work­ing on the air con­nec­tiv­ity of Davao and Tokyo. He is work­ing hard. The Ja­pan govern­ment is al­ways wel­com­ing the di­rect flight,” he said.

While there are a lot of Ja­panese in­vestors who have shown in­ter­est in the city al­ready, Su­mikawa said the con­cern on air con­nec­tiv­ity and safety and se­cu­rity are still caus­ing doubts.

Mean­while, he said that other de­ter­rents in­clude the dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law in Mindanao which is pos­ing a neg­a­tive im­pact on safety and se­cu­rity to for­eign in­vestors. Su­mikawa, how­ever, said they keep on pro­mot­ing the city as a safe place for busi­nesses and erase mis­con­cep­tions.

“Mar­tial law is stop­ping big com­pa­nies in Ja­pan to en­ter the city. Small busi­nesses are, how­ever, braver and are re­ally will­ing to take the risks. [On our side], we al­ways explain that Davao City is safe, even safer than Tokyo,” he said.

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