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News & Notes
Vol. 12
Spring 2000
KAJIMA AROUND the World


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From Japan

Kajima's Chairman Receives Italy's Highest Distinguished Service Decoration

On January 28, Kajima's chairman, Dr. Rokuro Ishikawa, received the rank of "Cavaliere di Gran Croce," which is the highest honour of the "Order of the Merit of the Italian Republic." Ishikawa was chosen to receive the award by the President of the Italian Republic in honor of his many years of work as the President of the Japan - Italy Association, during which he promoted mutual understanding and exchanges between Italy and Japan, helped strengthen the relationship between the two countries, and strove to ensure that the relationship was totally amicable. The award was presented to Ishikawa at the Italian Embassy in Tokyo by the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy, His Excellency Mr. Gabriele Menegatti.

Very few Japanese from private-sector organizations have received Italy's highest distinguished service decoration. Among those few are such individuals as Shinzo Ohya, the president of Teijin Limited, and the well-known film director Akira Kurosawa.



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Kajima's President Attends the Third Joint Meeting of the Egypt - Japan Business Councils and Visits Kajima's Bridge Building Project in Egypt

From November 21 through 23, 1999, the Egypt - Japan Business Councils held its third joint meeting in Cairo, Egypt. Co-chaired by Kajima's president, Sadao Umeda, this meeting was the first joint meeting of the councils in 17 years. The meeting was organized to promote stronger economic ties between Egypt and Japan following the April 1999 meeting of Egypt's President Mubarak and Japan's Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, who made a joint announcement regarding the need for greater dialogue between the private-sector entities of their countries and their support for such dialogue.

The council's third joint meeting was characterized by active and enthusiastic discussions of how to increase economic exchanges between Egypt and Japan as well as other issues, such as investment-related problems.

During his stay in Egypt, President Umeda visited Qantara, where Kajima is currently building a bridge across the Suez Canal. Funded by a grant from the Japanese government, the construction of the bridge began in June 1998. When completed, the bridge will be the world's largest cablestayed bridge, with a road-bearing horizontal portion that rises to 70 meters above water level. Noting the difficult work conditions - such as summertime peak temperatures exceeding 50°C - President Umeda made a point of encouraging and thanking the Kajima staff and local employees at te site, who are working day and night.



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M-Wave Wins IOC/IAKS Awards 1999 Gold Medal

Designed by a joint venture of Kume Sekkei, Kajima, and four other partners, the Nagano Olympic Memorial Arena (M-Wave) has received a gold medal from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Leisure Sports Facility Association (IAKS). The IOC/IAKS Awards are highly influential international architectural prizes for exemplary sports and leisure facilities, and they have been presented every other year since 1987, although the IOC cosponsored the event for the first time in 1999. Selected from among 55 candidates in 18 countries, the winners of the 1999 awards included 3 gold medalists, 10 silver medalists, 11 bronze medalists, and 5 that received special distinctions. The prizes were presented at a ceremony held on October 27, 1999, in Cologne, Germany. Representing Kajima at the ceremony was Masaru Ozaki, who is the General Manager of the Architectural Design Department within the Company's Architectural and Engineering Design Group.



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From the U.K.

ASDA Swansea - also known as Project Mercury -
Kajima sets the U.K. Benchmark for Superstore Construction

Kajima's U.K.-based construction company Kajima UK Engineering Ltd., recently completed a retail out-of-town superstore for the new Wal-Mart subsidiary ASDA. The project was completed in a record 17 weeks from the start of construction to store opening. The 9,250-square-meter store in Swansea, Wales, was constructed 40% faster than a similar store built in northern England 18 months earlier.
The Swansea project made a cost saving of 6% compared with previous benchmarks, which meant it was 15% better than the industry average for all projects.

The project was based on ASDA's model store, which is a standard design modified to suit each site. The building has a steel frame structure with a standing seam built-up roof, composite cladding, and brickwork panel walls.

Kajima's project team incorporated 35 innovations into ASDA's model store specifications and design. These innovations included removing the complex central column supports from the sales floor area and providing walk-through ducts below the sales floor to route mechanical, electrical, and refrigeration services to the display cases.

ASDA's other design and contractor teams visited the site during construction and observed techniques that will be incorporated into future projects. Mike Abel, ASDA's head of research and development, said that if other contractors could not better Kajima's savings then ASDA would "push the Kajima process on to everyone."



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From Singapore

Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel in Singapore Judged Among the Best

The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel in Singapore has been chosen as the best hotel in the world according to the 1999 readers' choice poll of Condé Nast Traveler magazine. Condé Nast Traveler has a readership of approximately 27,000 people, principally business travelers.
Each year, it organizes a readers' poll and publishes a list of the top 100 facilities in the categories of resorts, hotels, cruise lines, islands, monuments, spas, and cities. The Ritz-Carlton Millenia was ranked second in the world with regard to all these categories. The hotel was developed by Kajima Overseas Asia Pte. Ltd. and its partners as part of the Millenia Complex project, which consists of two office towers, two hotels, and a shopping mall. Having been in operation since 1996, the Ritz-Carlton Millenia has been highly evaluated by its clientele and won numerous awards.


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