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Nebraska thanks Japan for continued successful relationship

By Gov. Dave Heineman
- Dec 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

As Governor of Nebraska for the last 10 years, we have put a significant focus on making Nebraska the best place to do business in the United States and on our very important relationship with Japan. I am pleased that our relationship and hard work will continue under Governor-elect Pete Ricketts.

I have many people and organizations to thank for their incredible support and part­nership throughout the years.

At the top of this list is my deep thanks to the nation of Japan for being a solid trade and investment partner. Japan has been a key collaborator in sharing valuable educational and research opportunities as well as exchanging students, top university professors and education leaders.

Our long-standing relationship with Ja­pan took a giant step forward when we established the Nebraska Center-Japan in 2006 where Nebraska and Japanese busi­ness leaders could comfortably meet to pursue increasing trade and investment opportunities. Japan was the state’s fourth largest export market in 2013 with Nebras­ka companies posting merchandise exports of more than $566 million, representing 7.7 percent of our total merchandise exports.

During the first half of 2014, Nebraska’s total exports to Japan were nearly $300 million, eclipsing exported goods and ser­vices during the same period in 2013.

Nebraska Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts (left) and outgoing Gov. Dave Heineman meet to discuss the state’s key business, including promoting and growing international trade.

It is an honor to have more than 30 Japanese-owned businesses calling Nebraska home. Our oldest and most recognizable investment is with Kawasaki Motor Manufacturing. For 40 years, we’ve had the good fortune to partner with Kawasaki in Nebraska’s capital city of Lincoln.

Kawasaki’s con­tinued contributions to the city of Lincoln and the State of Nebraska are outstanding and truly immeasurable.

Looking back through my ten-year administration, I have been blessed to grow in partnership and friendship with remarkable individuals and organizations, including Nebraska-Japan Center Executive Director Koji Nagasaka and Office Manager Hisami Imagawa; Bumpei Kawanaka, the honor­ary attaché for the Kansai area of Japan for more than 20 years. We enjoy two strong twin city relationships between Hastings and Ozu, and Omaha with Shizuoka; as well as Nebraska’s economic partnership with Shizuoka Prefecture since 2005; the Japan External Trade Organization, more widely known as JETRO; and the annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association confer­ences.

In fact, Nebraska is excited to be host­ing the 50th anniversary of the prestigious Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Confer­ence in 2018 and we extend an invitation to all company leaders to join us for a very memorable and productive event.

I am confident that Nebraska and Japan will continue to enjoy a strong and endur­ing relationship under the leadership of my friend, Nebraska Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts. Thank you. 

- 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)

Nebraskan pigs get more care

By Philippe Le Saux
- Dec 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

“We care for every pig in such a way that they will have a great life. We invest heavily in making sure the animals are healthy while they are growing, which gives you the best quality product,” said veterinarian Larry Coleman of Nebraska-based hog farm Thomas Livestock

At Thomas Livestock, Nebraskan pigs get extra TLC from caretakers.

By providing 24/7 human care during the birthing process, Thomas Livestock has increased its production to about 35 pigs per sow per year, around double the global industry average. The introduction of an electronic sow feeding system allows pigs to roam freely in a pen and permits the caretakers the ability to ac­curately monitor each pig’s food intake via a computerized tracking system.

“With this technology, we will exceed production levels of the individual housing method employed by our competitors. We are quite excited about it be­cause we feel that we will give society what is seeks in terms of animal care, while doing better than we used to do,” Coleman explained.

“We believe in what we are doing here. We don’t think you can buy a better pig anywhere else. We will get it to you with­out any sort of contamination and stress. You are going to love our pork,” he added.

After declining the past two years, pork exports have recov­ered and are predicted to grow in the immediate future. In 2013, Japan remained the second larg­est importer of American agricultural products, valued at $ 454 million, a heartening vote of confidence given the stringent standards the Japanese impose on their food and their ingredi­ents. 

- 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)

Solutionary Inc. takes information security to the next level

By Philippe Le Saux
- Dec 29, 2014
Credit : GMI Post

After decades of experience in the direct marketing call center industry, Steven Idelman recognized early the need to protect big data as well as the vital and sensitive information held by large enterprises.

In 2000, he teamed up with then Chief Technology Officer (now President) Mike Hrabik, Chief Operating Officer Sheri Idelman and other partners to form Solutionary Inc., which provides managed security services (MSS) and security consulting services to large and global enterprises as well as to mid-sized from its headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska.

Thanks to its patented ActiveGuard security services and analytics platform, among others, Solutionary has won several industry-wide awards and built its reputation as a leading MSS provider.

“For years, IT has been a North American-driven industry. But as the market for security services globalized, Solutionary had a fundamental choice to make as a company. It was time for us to go global,” said chief executive officer Idelman.

With its unmatched global reach and immense research ca­pabilities, Japanese telecom gi­ant NTT successfully edged out other global rivals in acquiring Solutionary in August 2012.

“NTT’s ability to bring ad­vanced analytics and advanced services to the world was very attractive to us. To my knowl­edge, NTT has more security pieces and parts than any other company in the world” said Idel­man.

By becoming part of NTT, So­lutionary is helping the company toward unifying its security as­sets to provide the market with a high-quality, global and seam­less customer experience.

Having maintained its identity throughout the integration pro­cess, Solutionary is looking for­ward to leveraging its expertise and further contributing to NTT’s global growth.

“We want to make NTT proud of us and reinforce the wisdom of their decision in acquiring us. We do all of this with a deep sense of appreciation for our Japanese counterparts as they have enabled us to be a part of a great success story moving for­ward,” Idelman said. 

- 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)

U.S. Midwest 2014 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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