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LEAD: Hankyu to help Dai-Ichi Hotel.

TOKYO, July 4 Kyodo


The Tokyo District Court decided Tuesday to launch rehabilitation proceedings for the failed Dai-Ichi Hotel Ltd. and four affiliated companies under the auspices of Hankyu Corp., an Osaka-based railway operator.

The court appointed Hankyu President Taro Ohashi and lawyer Hideo Seto as trustees of the Dai-Ichi Hotel group.

The trustees will work out a rehabilitation plan for the group through talks with creditor banks and other parties concerned by July next year for submission to the court.

Hankyu is expected to provide 2-3 billion yen in financial support for the hotel chain operator.

Dai-Ichi Hotel filed with the district court in May for protection from creditors under the Corporate Rehabilitation Law with liabilities of 115.2 billion yen.

At a press conference in Tokyo following the court's decision Tuesday, Ohashi said Hankyu will support Dai-Ichi Hotel because the Tokyo-based hotel chain and Hankyu's hotel chain, based in Osaka, can supplement each other's operations.

Besides, Hankyu has long maintained close ties with Dai-Ichi Hotel, Ohashi said.

Hankyu is Dai-Ichi Hotel's second largest shareholder following Shinsei Bank, formerly the Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan.

U.S. investment company Ripplewood Holdings LLC, which acquired Shinsei Bank in March, was among the companies that offered to help Dai-Ichi Hotel.
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Date:Jul 10, 2000
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