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(Neb)-Ricketts To Lead Trade Mission To Japan In Sept

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/19/2017 10:55 AM
Courtesy photo - Kawasaki Plant In Lincoln
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts has announced his latest trade mission: a weeklong trip in September to Japan, which he also visited during his first year in office in 2015.

        Japan is Nebraska's 3rd-largest trading partner and leading foreign investor, making it fitting that Ricketts announced the trip during a tour at a Kawasaki plant in Lincoln that just opened a new milti-million dollar aerospace division.

        He had visited Kawasaki officials on his 2015 trip to thank the company for more than 40-years of investment in Nebraska.

       Once again, Ricketts will be traveling with state ag and economic development officials as well as representatives of Nebraska farm and industry groups plus individual businesses. He says the key on such trips is making and strengthening relationships.

      The September trip begins with a 4-day stop in Tokyo that includes the annual conference of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association...which is comprised of Nebraska and 7 other states. The conference rotates each year between the two nations and Ricketts spoke at last year's in the U-S. .
   
      In addition to the conference, the Tokyo visit will see the trade delegation participate in promotional events and business meetings..

      They'll also visit Shizuoka, a sister city of Omaha, where they will promote investment opportunities in Nebraska, and they'll spend their last 2 days in the Kansai region, where they will hold a variety of events and meetings in Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto. 

      Kawasaki and several other Japanese companies with investments in Nebraska are based in the Kansai region.


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