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A delegation of representatives from the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of Japan visited NU headquarters here in Hoboken, N.J., yesterday, on their way to the Big I conference in Washington, and were most interested to hear how problems at AIG are impacting the U.S. and global markets, while also asking about health care reform and agency M&A activity.Read on for more details about our lively cultural exchange.

Flanking me in the picture above are, to my left, Mark Ruquet, our agent/broker editor, along with one of 18 guests of honor from Japan–Masafumi Kitano, president of Wisemen Corp., a brokerage in Osaka, Japan, who presented me with a token of the delegation’s esteem.

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