Sawada wants to quit Huis Ten Bosch management

Jiji Press SASEBO, Nagasaki (Jiji Press) — Hideo Sawada, president of Japanese travel agency H.I.S. Co.’s Huis Ten Bosch subsidiary, expressed Monday hope of withdrawing from management of the theme park operator within three years.

“My next job is to create a system in which a young management team can advance (Huis Ten Bosch) without me,” Sawada told a press conference at the theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture, southwestern Japan.

Since taking up his post in March 2010, Sawada has tackled reconstruction of the theme park.

Sawada, who doubles as chairman and president of H.I.S., said he plans to put 60 to 70 percent of his efforts to help H.I.S. achieve its annual sales goal of one trillion yen in three years.

In April-September, Huis Ten Bosch’s sales rose 1.9 percent from a year earlier to ¥29,150 million, while net profit jumped 218.7 percent to ¥6,618 million.

The number of visitors to the theme park stalled temporarily after earthquakes in April last year that mainly hit nearby Kumamoto Prefecture but has recovered.Speech

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