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Kentucky governor strengthens ties with Japanese business

By Elizabeth Arcega
-    Dec 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

Kentucky’s economic ties with Japan are thriving, thanks to a decades-long relation­ship with the Japanese business commu­nity.

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear and members of his economic development team recently visited the country to further strengthen the state’s position as a leading destination for Japanese investment. 

Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear

“We are very determined in our efforts to engage Japanese companies seeking to locate or expand in the United States and show them the advantages Kentucky of­fers,” said Beshear.

During the trip, the governor met with executives of several successful Japanese businesses located in Kentucky, as well as others considering an investment in the state. It was his sixth trip to Japan since be­coming governor of Kentucky in 2007.

“I cannot overstate my appreciation for the investment of these companies in Kentucky. In the last five years, Japanese-owned businesses have announced in­vestments of $1.7 billion in Kentucky. In turn, our state has a lot to offer investors in Japan and throughout Asia, and we want to showcase our commitment to help­ing these companies expand their global reach,” said Beshear.

The governor is working to grow what is already a strong Japanese business pres­ence in Kentucky. More than 160 Japanese facilities are in the state, employing more than 40,000 people. 

- Originally prepared by Global Media for The Japan Times Special Report on the U.S. Midwest 2014 (Credit: Philippe Le SauxAngelo RomualdezElizabeth Arcega and Brian Banta)

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