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Jun 27, 2019

A relationship that began in the 20th century

The southern U.S. states of Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida share historical and cultural ties with Japan that date back to the early 20th century. As the south's economic strengths evolved through the decades, so have Japanese investments. The relationship started with Japan's interest in the region's agricultural exports, which later became fertile ground for Japanese manufacturers, carmakers and clean-technology companies.

Southern USA 2019 / Tennessee
Jun 27, 2019

A global brand with a significant local impact

Eighty-eight years since its founding in Japan, Bridgestone Corp. has become the world's largest tire manufacturer, with 180 production and R&D facilities in 27 countries. Among the many milestones that propelled the Japanese company to its current position was its merger...

Southern USA 2019 / Tennessee
Jun 27, 2019

TVA: One utility to power many

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has played a pivotal role in the economic history of the United States since it was formed in 1933, when the country was in the midst of the Great Depression. Created to help spur economic prosperity in the seven-state Valley region...

Southern USA 2019 / Tennessee
Jun 27, 2019

A home in East Tennessee

Of the more than 130 Japanese companies that do business in Tennessee and collectively represent more than $20 billion in capital investment, three have made a significant impact on a community in the eastern portion of the state. For the last 30 years, DENSO Manufactu...

Southern USA 2019 / Tennessee
Jun 27, 2019

Morristown provides connectivity to Japanese manufacturers

The Morristown area in eastern Tennessee has steadily grown its global reputation as a leading manufacturing center since the arrival of German-owned conglomerate BASF more than seven decades ago. Then, to diversify its economic base, Morristown began attracting automotiv...

Southern USA 2019 / Tennessee
Jun 27, 2019

Working together to welcome Japanese investors

The Chattanooga region has displayed robust growth because of its ideal location within a day's drive of 30 percent of the U.S. population and two hours from Atlanta international airport. At the heart of this development is the Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership, w...

Southern USA 2019 / Florida
Jun 27, 2019

MIA: The gateway of the Americas

Located in south Florida, Miami International Airport (MIA) is one of the country's busiest airports, accommodating more than 100 carriers, offering more flights to Latin America than any other airport in the United States and serving 60 percent of all international visit...

Southern USA 2019 / Florida
Jun 27, 2019

Power generation through innovation

As its parent company secured global market share leadership for heavy-duty gas turbines last year, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas, Inc. (MHPS Americas) is not resting on its laurels. Since the formation of the joint venture of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd....

Southern USA 2019 / Florida
Jun 27, 2019

Florida: the place for space

Florida's Space Coast is experiencing a resurgence in activity. Among the top five U.S. states for aerospace employment and home to more than 17,000 aerospace-related companies, Florida's aerospace sector has contributed $17.7 billion dollars to the local economy. As t...

Southern USA 2019 / Florida
Jun 27, 2019

Pasco EDC delegation visits Japan

A delegation from Pasco Economic Development, led by President and CEO Bill Cronin, returned to Tokyo in April to persuade more Japanese companies to invest in Florida's Pasco County, which has access to a skilled workforce of more than 1.5 million and provides the optimu...

Southern USA 2019 was prepared for and originally printed in The Japan Times Newspaper.

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