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U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Illinois
Mar 05, 2018

Illinois: a global leader in soybean trade

Japan has been buying soybeans from the United States for more than 60 years. And, about 60 percent of the soybeans imported each year come from the United States. Illinois is the top soybean-producing U.S. state, home to the Chicago Board of Trade, about 4.2 million h...

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Illinois
Mar 05, 2018

Intersect Illinois connects the dots

More than a year old, economic development organization Intersect Illinois aims to create jobs, support business and attract investment to the state, which hosts nearly 2,000 foreign companies and is the fifth-largest economy in the United States. Intersect Illinois Pr...

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Illinois
Mar 05, 2018

Growth through innovation and localization

With nearly a century of history in Japan, alloy-casting maker Kimura Foundry came to the United States only in 2013. Keen on introducing Japanese quality casting to the U.S. market, Kimura Foundry America (KFA) began by importing its products all the way from Japan. R...

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Illinois
Mar 05, 2018

Innovation is a solution for the future

While OMRON’s mission and vision remain the same, its value proposition changed together with the business landscape. From providing specific lines of business, the Japanese company has evolved into a value generator in automation, a goal it set in 2017 as part of the c...

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Illinois
Mar 05, 2018

The preferred law firm of Japanese business in the Midwest

Representing Japanese corporations for almost 90 years, Chicago-based Masuda Funai has seen the evolution of Japanese investment in the country. President Thomas McMenamin has noted that Japanese activity in the Great Lakes region has clearly been growing recently.

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Michigan
Mar 05, 2018

Delphinus transforms dense breast cancer care

It is widely known that mammography is not sufficient to detect cancer in women with dense breasts, a risk factor that increases cancer incidence four to six times. While mammography remains the primary imaging modality for breast cancer screening, the need for a better i...

U.S. Great Lakes 2018 / Michigan
Mar 05, 2018

Making a difference with local influence

Since establishing its U.S. headquarters in Livonia, Michigan in June 2016, JTL America, a Japanese mechanical testing and analytical service company, determined that mergers and acquisitions were its best ways toward sustainable growth. The company, known previously a...

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