Anti-Japanese sentiment delays Asian product launch

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BANGKOK -- FE Zuellig (Bangkok) Ltd has cancelled an October 10 press conference at which the distributor was scheduled to introduce Alfred Dunhill's new Namiki line of Japanese luxury pens.

Hong Kong-based Alfred Dunhill Pacific Co Ltd is postponing the launch throughout the Asia-Pacific region as a result of current anti-Japanese sentiment in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan over disputed, uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

Zuellig is, however, organizing a November 12 press conference at which it will announce its appointment as the Thai distributor for Dunhill products and the opening of the first Dunhill shop in Thailand.

Copyright October 1996, Crain Communications Inc.

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