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November 10, 2004

GABA to Expand into Kansai

GABA, which specializes in "man-to-man" English conversation lessons mainly in and around Tokyo, is to open its first "language studio" in the Kansai region. The new school will be in the Umeda district of Osaka on January 5. It will be located on the 10th floor of the Dai-ni Yoshimoto Building, in the recently opened Hilton Plaza West business complex. The area is full of hotels, convention centers, offices and other businesses that make it an ideal location for GABA's style of school. The company's core market is women in their 20s and 30s and business people in general.

CEO Chutatsu Aono said, "Opening in Osaka and the Kansai region, an international center with a high need for English conversation is an important first step in GABA's nationwide expansion. I'm confident GABA can provide satisfaction to our Kansai clients, who value personal communication above all else and recognize true quality." The company was established in 1995 and currently operates 25 schools in Tokyo and Kanagawa.

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