Japan's Brother invests in the Philippines
Brother Industries, a printer maker based in Japan, opened a new manufacturing facility in the First Philippine Industrial Park in Batangas. This would be the first of its two facilities in the country. Once construction of the second plant would be completed, the Japanese firm estimated that it would hire more Filipino workers. Brother Industries (Philippines) Inc President Toshio Ito told ABS-CBN News, "With both our factories 1 and 2 in full operation, it is estimated that we will be employing about 3,500 Filipino staffs by 2015. This projected number is expected to double in numbers as years pass by."
Toshikazu Koike, Director and President of Brother Industries, revealed that they chose to invest in the Philippines for a variety of reasons. "As a result of about a year of careful examination of several countries mainly in Southeast Asia, we selected the Philippines due to its developed infrastructure, abundant labor force, attractive tax benefits, high capability of Filipinos in English communication, and of course, [the] hardworking and cheerful attitude of Filipinos," he said.