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Stretching from Virginia to Maine, the Mid-Atlantic and New England states were part of the Thirteen Original Colonies that declared independence from Great Britain. Owing to its history, heritage and location, these states contain America’s largest population centers and is home to the country’s oldest and most prestigious universities, which have become leading innovators in life sciences, engineering, IT, defense, the arts, and culture.

In New York alone, close to 40,000 Japanese consider the state their home, while more than 300 Japanese-majority owned companies set up operations.

According to the U.S. government, Japanese FDI into the United States has grown to record levels. In the Mid-Atlantic and New England, Japanese companies look to their Americans counterparts not only as a source of innovation but also as a dynamic market for their high-quality products.

Kristine Crouch and Francis Pacheco report from the field. Follow their real time updates here and here.


TMEIC: Japanese-American innovation in Virginia

Japanese-American relations remain strong as trans-Pacific ventures spur innovation and economic growth. Pioneering corporate partnerships are industry giants Toshiba, General Electric and Mitsubishi. The three formed the Toshiba Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Corporation (TMEIC) in 2003 as a merger of two joint ventures, Toshiba GE Automation Systems Corporation and TMA Electric Corporation.

TMEIC President Dale Guidry

Since then, TMEIC has been leveraging Japanese and American expertise to develop technologies, products, and automation systems in industries, including oil and gas, mining, and solar power among others.

TMEIC’s commitment towards innovative technology and solutions can be seen in the Port of Virginia in Roanoke. The port is one of the country’s preferred cargo destinations and is currently undergoing a historic expansion project. TMEIC is supplying the project with locally developed industrial drives and crane control systems.

"We pride ourselves in developing innovation and technology solutions right here in Virginia,” said President Dale Guidry, “TMEIC is a success story of a Japanese company that contributes a lot to the local community.”

“The geography of innovation that is found in Roanoke is a big part of our agility as a company. Our employees who originate from more than 20 companies is also a testament that diversity and openness is crucial if we are to remain competitive. All these efforts and products are made in Virginia. Local talent from different industries fuel TMEIC as they continue to develop control systems that ensure the Port of Virginia operates safely, efficiently and quickly,” Guirdy added.

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