I went to OTSU (*3) on the 9 o’clock train. There was a meeting of the Prefectural Products Association (*4) at the SHIGA (*5) Prefectural Office, and so I went to it. Ten officials had come from the TOKYO and OSAKA economic offices. There was a speech by the head of the Economic offices. There was a speech by the head of the Economic department. We talked with one another, informally, about expansion Southward. I was proposed as a merchandise scout of the Products Association to aid those inspecting the southern markets. In addition, I stated my opinions, at length, about the present foreign trade situation. We had noodles for lunch. I came back with Mr. NAGANO, Shigoucmon (*6) of the Prefectural Council, and we talked about various things.

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