PHL Embassy in Tokyo Received Cash Donation from AEON Co. Ltd. for Typhoon Pablo Victims

Ambassador Lopez receives voluntary cash donation from AEON Credit Service Co., Ltd. President KazuhideKamitani.

The Philippine Embassy in Tokyo received a ¥3 million (approximately PHP1.5 million) voluntary cash donation on 14 December 2012 from officials of AEON Co. Ltd as humanitarian assistance for those affected by Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) in the Philippines.

Along with some Embassy officials, Ambassador Manuel M. Lopez met with AEON Credit Service Co. Ltd. President KazuhideKamitani and MINISTOP Director Managing Executive Officer Akihiko Maeda. The AEON Co. Ltd officials presented the donation on behalf of their AEON Co. Ltd. Board Chairman andAEON 1% Club Chairman Naoki Hayashi. President Kamitanishared his condolences and solidarity with the Philippines, especially those in Mindanao, in the wake of the heavy damages brought by Typhoon Pablo.

Ambassador Lopez thanked President Kamitani and the AEON Co. Ltd. Group for their generous contribution and expressed his appreciation for AEON Co. Ltd. for their constant support for and solidarity with the Filipino people. AEON Co. Ltd has always been one of the first Japanese corporations to contribute to Philippine disaster relief efforts. AEON Co. Ltd has given ¥10 millionin cash donations in 2009 and 2011 for Typhoons Ondoy (international name:Ketsana) and Sendong (international name:Washi), respectively. Ambassador Lopez also recognized Japan’s immediate and timely response from its public and private sectors after typhoon Pablo hit the Philippines earlier this month.

AEON Co. Ltd is one of the largest Japanese corporations involved in general merchandise operations, retail operations, retail property development, finance, convenience store operations, travel, and environmental preservation, among other sectors. AEON Credit Service Co. Ltd established AEON Credit Service Systems Philippines Inc. (ACSSystems) in February 2008. As an IT solution company, ACS Systems specializes in financial service system implementation and maintenance.MINISTOP Co. Ltd, has more than 370 convenience stores in the Philippines which it operates with its Philippine partner, JG Summit Holdings Inc.