Gov. Ricketts announces second international trade mission to Japan



via Nebraska.TV - May 18th 2017


LINCOLN, Neb. – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced plans to lead a second international trade mission to Japan, nearly two years after his inaugural visit to Nebraska’s number one direct foreign investor and third largest trading partner. Governor Ricketts shared details on the trade mission at Lincoln’s Kawasaki plant while celebrating the opening of the company’s new aerospace division. The Governor met with Kawasaki leaders in Japan during his 2015 trade mission to thank the company for their substantial investments in Nebraska, which have spanned more than 40 years.


“Japanese business facilities employed 4,410 people in Nebraska in 2016,” said Governor Ricketts. “Meeting personally with business leaders during trade missions gives us a chance to promote our state as a destination for foreign direct investment and create opportunities to grow quality jobs.”


The Governor’s international trade mission is scheduled for September 10-16, 2017. Throughout the trip, Governor Ricketts and the Nebraska delegation will have an opportunity to strengthen relationships with current and potential investors, as well as host events to promote Nebraska products.


Gov. Ricketts will lead the mission in conjunction with the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) and Department of Agriculture (NDA). DED Director Courtney Dentlinger and NDA Director Greg Ibach will join the Governor during the Japan trade mission, along with members of the Nebraska delegation. The Governor encourages Nebraska agriculture and business representatives to consider joining the trade mission for an opportunity to meet with government officials, community leaders, and industry representatives.


“Japan continues to be one of Nebraska’s most important trading partners...


… “Since Nebraska’s last trade mission to Japan in 2015, Nebraska’s beef exports have grown 31 percent and pork exports 32 percent into the country. In 2016, Nebraska exported $316 million worth of beef and $191 million worth of pork products to Japan – making Japan the largest Nebraska export market for both beef and pork”…