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CAS Hosts Japanese Delegation at Annual Meeting
By Matt Caruso, CAS Membership and Volunteer Manager 

The CAS continued its history of camaraderie and collaboration with the Institute of Actuaries of Japan (IAJ) this past November by hosting a group of IAJ members at the CAS Annual Meeting in Chicago. The IAJ members presented a session on the effects of the financial and human toll of the Great Tohoku Earthquake in Japan (see story, page 14). The concurrent session was the second most attended at the Annual Meeting, with conference staff having to arrange for additional rows of seats to accommodate the 159 attendees.

Ron Kozlowski, a CAS Board Member and Asia Regional Ambassador, moderated the IAJ session and consulted with IAJ delegation in preparatory sessions. In appreciation of Mr. Kozlowski’s involvement, the IAJ members took him to lunch at the Purple Pig on Michigan Avenue, where the biggest hits were pigs’ ears and roasted bone marrow spread. The IAJ delegation also attended a dinner with the CAS Seasoned Actuaries Section and CAS staff.

The IAJ’s participation added greatly to the offerings at the CAS Annual Meeting. “I hope the CAS and the IAJ can continue to find opportunities to work together in exploring educational opportunities,” said Mr. Kozlowski.

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