A NINE-MEMBER mission from Japan's Yamaguchi prefecture will be in Hong Kong this week to promote the Takuyama-Kudamatsu port. The sales mission, headed by Yutaka Katsumura, deputy director-general of the construction department of Yamaguchi prefectural government, will also include the deputy major of Takuyama city. They will meet Marine Department officials and visit the Kwai Chung container terminals on Wednesday. They will also hold a reception at the Mandarin Oriental for members of the Hong Kong shipping community. According to Ohira Tsutomu, Hong Kong representative of the Yamaguchi prefectural government, the mission will try to attract new shipping lines to the port and exchange information with shippers. Mr Ohira said about 34,000 ships called at the Tokuyama-Kudamatsu port, which handled nearly 51 million tonnes of cargo last year. Located almost at the centre of Japan's inland sea coast line, Tokuyama-Kudamatsu is a common port covering the cities of Tokuyama, Kudamatsu, Hikari and Shin-nanyo.