OGILVY and Mather's director of international client services in Taipei, Philip Goodstein, has relocated to Japan in a sign that the firm is moving back there. While his new job title is still being negotiated, he started work in I & S Corp's Tokyo offices this week. ''We pulled out of Japan in 1988. Now, we're coming back, but in a small way,'' Mr Goodstein said. Business for Ogilvy and Mather's international clients had been steadily growing in Japan and now was the right time to make such a move, he said. The deal will see I & S shift its regional office in Hongkong into Ogilvy & Mather's Taikoo Shing offices. Mr Goodstein said the move had been considered for the past six months and was not linked to Ogilvy and Mather's unsuccessful pitch for Cathay Pacific Airways' US$35 million-plus international advertising account. I & S is part of the Saison group of Japan, which includes the Seiyu and Seibu chain of department stores, and Inter-continental Hotel. Ogilvy and Mather's Hongkong-based regional director, Rod Wright, said the move was an effort to bolster communications with I & S, as the two agencies shared several clients throughout Asia. Both sides said the relationship did not involve equity and that there were no plans to invest. Mr Wright said he did not think it was the right time to be investing heavily in Japan, considering the state of the Japanese advertising industry. Ogilvy and Mather is the region's 13th largest network, with billings of more than US$500 million. I & S is Japan's eighth-largest agency with billings of more than US$850 million. Ogilvy and Mather first entered the Japanese market in 1981. In 1983, it opened the Meridian agency - the predecessor to the Ball Partnership - with Dai-Ichi advertising, which is now know as I & S. I & S provided Ogilvy and Mather Japan, which opened in 1984, with creative and media services. But when that office closed in 1988, most of the staff joined I&S. Paul Hasegawa, who was client services director of Ogilvy and Mather Japan, and is now director of I & S' international division, said the new arrangement with Ogilvy and Mather was part of an effort by I & S to increase its business and presence outside of Japan. ''Quite simply we have been looking after Ogilvy and Mather clients for some time now. They are becoming more and more regionalised,'' he said. ''As the region [Asia] becomes more affluent, there is more opportunity for co-operation on regional [advertising] campaigns.''