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Travel group H.I.S. seeks greater online presence, CEO says

Sawada eyes links with foreign businesses as tourist needs change

Hideo Sawada, a 65-year-old Osaka native, founded in 1980 the company that is now travel conglomerate H.I.S. He then became its chairman in 2004, and took on double duty as its CEO this year.

TOKYO -- Travel conglomerate H.I.S. needs to expand its online reservation capabilities as the number of visitors to Japan likely will continue rising, the company's CEO and chairman says.

Hideo Sawada discussed tourism trends as well as the Japanese company's joint venture with an online business in China during a recent exclusive interview with The Nikkei.

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