HONG KONG'S Trade Development Council (TDC) has just opened a new business centre in Tokyo to help the territory's entrepreneurs establish trade ventures in Japan. The Hong Kong Business Centre, located in the TDC's new premises and expanded regional office, provides an instant workplace for any local businessmen. Robin Chiu, the TDC's assistant executive director, said: 'A visitor can walk in with his briefcase and start work right away in a professional and friendly environment. 'His clients will be greeted and his calls answered. He will have the usual access to a reference library as well as the expertise of TDC staff and the use of a conference room. 'A company can also mount product displays and show samples. It will make it much easier and more efficient for them to meet with their Japanese counterparts.' Tokyo is the first of several major cities earmarked by the TDC for Hong Kong business centres. Mr Chiu said: 'The TDC has a global network of 44 overseas offices but this is our first business centre. We have identified a clear need for such services in our business community and may soon establish similar centres in other markets, such as Toronto, Shanghai and Beijing.' Use of facilities at the Tokyo office in the Trusty Kojimachi Building, 3-4-5 Kojimachi, Chiyoda-ku can be reserved by contacting the TDC's head office in Wan Chai. Business office rentals are $300 per day. Three companies can be accommodated at any one time, from one day to one month. The Tokyo headquarters, incorporating the business centre, is located next to a central subway station and will open during usual business hours. It was officially opened on December 16 by TDC chairman Dr Victor Fung, executive director Francis Lo, and Akira Okada, chairman of the Japan-Hong Kong Society. TDC regional director, Raymond Yip, said: 'We look forward to assisting both Hong Kong and Japanese people at our new headquarters.' The TDC has been established in Tokyo since 1971 and has branches in the regional business centres of Osaka and Nagoya.