A group of state and city leaders will head to Japan this morning for a nine-day trade mission. The delegation, which includes Governor Mike Pence and Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith, is slated to meet with executives from companies, including Subaru, Toyota and Honda. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says it has secured deals with more than 80 Japan-based companies since 2005. September 5, 2013

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Governor Mike Pence, First Lady Karen Pence and a delegation of Hoosier business and community leaders will travel to Japan today on an economic development mission to bring jobs and investments to Indiana.

“Since my first day as governor, job creation has been job one. Japan is Indiana's largest foreign direct investor and there is immense opportunity to fortify relationships with Japanese companies and secure even more jobs for Hoosiers,” said Pence. “Japan has recognized Indiana's work ethic and strong Hoosier values, choosing time and again to place their confidence in Indiana. We have organized this trip around visiting current customers to thank them for their investment and potential customers to discuss why our state works for business.”

This will be Pence's first overseas trade mission as governor. The 40-person state delegation includes two mayors, 19 business leaders and six local economic development officials. In addition to Governor Pence and First Lady Karen Pence, the state will be represented by Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith.

Participating in various cultural events will be Governor Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence. The governor will personally pay for the trip expenses of his daughter.

The cost of the state delegation is being covered through private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation and utilizes no tax dollars.

The governor will depart Indiana on Sept. 5 and return on Sept. 14. Below is his daily itinerary for the trip:

Saturday, September 7

Governor Mike Pence and First Lady Karen Pence will travel by train to Tochigi Prefecture, Indiana’s sister state in Japan, where he will meet with Tochigi Governor Tomikazu Fukuda and commemorate the sister-state relationship.

Sunday, September 8

The governor will attend the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference Executive Meeting and welcome reception in Tokyo. Pence is one of five Midwest governors scheduled to attend the conference.

Monday, September 9

Governor Pence will address attendees at the opening ceremony of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference and meet with representatives from NSK Ltd. and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

In the evening, the governor and first lady will attend the conference's annual dinner.

Tuesday, September 10

The governor and IEDC officials will conduct business meetings with prospective companies as well as companies that currently have operations in Indiana, including Mitsui & Co. Ltd., Mitsui Mining & Smelting Co., Ltd., Sony Corp. Mitsubishi Corp and Keihin Corp.

The first lady will tour Vera Bradley's stores in Tokyo. Fort Wayne, Ind.-headquartered Vera Bradley is currently featured in 14 department stores across Japan.

In the evening, the governor and first lady will host a Friends of Indiana reception.

Wednesday, September 11

The governor, first lady and delegation will travel by train to Ota City. There, the governor will join leaders from Subaru to tour its campus and attend a luncheon hosted by the company. In the afternoon, the governor will meet with executives from Tao Industries and Shigeru Co., Ltd.

The first lady will visit elementary and high school students in Ota City, the Japanese sister city of Lafayette, Ind. Prior to the trip, Mrs. Pence asked Lafayette third graders to draw self-portraits based on the theme, “Me Seeing My Favorite Things.” At Ota Elementary School in Japan, she will share the Lafayette students’ artwork and ask the Ota third graders to also create art based on the project’s theme. She will then bring back the artwork to the Lafayette students to complete the art exchange.

Thursday, September 12

The governor will begin the day in Tokyo meeting separately with Mr. Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president and chief executive officer of Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Mr. Takanobu Ito, president and chief executive officer of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. The governor, first lady and delegation will then travel by train to Nagoya to meet with leaders from Toyota Tsusho Corp., Sugiura Seisakusho Co., Ltd. and a company currently considering investment in the Hoosier State.

In the evening, the governor and first lady will host a reception in Nagoya for Japanese business leaders to learn more about Indiana.

Friday, September 13

The governor will meet with leaders from Toyota Group companies including Toyota Boshoku Corp., Toyota Motor Corp. and Toyota Industries Corp., Tsuda Industries Co., Ltd. and Aisin Seiki.

Saturday, September 14

The governor, first lady and members of the delegation will return to Indiana from Nagoya.

Members of the delegation are:

Governor Mike Pence

First Lady Karen Pence

Charlotte Pence

Victor Smith, Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC)

Anthony Aaron, Ice Miller LLP

Steve Akard, IEDC

Kent Anderson, IEDC

Ron Arnold, Mayor, City of Elwood

Donald Babcock, NIPSCO

Bart Beal, Duke Energy

Robert Blough, Interactive Intelligence Group

Kumiko Brunson, Pioneer Realty

Kai Chuk, IEDC

Robert Cleveland, Indiana Michigan Power

Kathryn Ertel, Jennings County Economic Development Commission

Teddy Franklin, Mayor, City of Logansport

Brian Gildea, Indy Chamber

Jody Hamilton, Greater Lafayette Commerce

Katelyn Hancock, IEDC

Rebecca Helmke, IEDC

Jason Hester, Columbus Economic Development Board

Larry Ingraham, Ingraham & Associates, Inc

Michael Kern, Gaylor Inc.

Lawrence Keyler, McGladrey LLP

Jeffrey Knight, Old National Bank

Theresa Kulczak, Japan-America Society of Indiana

Lori Luther, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

Cynthia Madrick, Cornerstone Environmental, Health and Safety, Inc.

Mark Miller, Cornerstone Environmental, Health and Safety, Inc.

Peter Morse, Barnes & Thornburg

Todd Mosby, Gibson County Economic Development Corporation

Jennifer Pavlik, Office of the Governor

Rick Pease, Independent Consultant

Melissa Reese, Ice Miller LLP

Roger Reeves, Interactive Intelligence

James Schellinger, CSO Architects, Inc.

Mark Sebree, Vectren Corporation

Michael Sheek, American Structurepoint, Inc.

Jeffrey Terp, Ivy Tech Community College

Greg Wathen, Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana

Three members of the governor and first lady's security detail also will travel.

Updates from the governor's trade mission, including video clips and photos, will be posted throughout the trip here: http://www.in.gov/gov/Japan2013.htm.

Source: The Office of Governor Mike Pence

News Release

Originally Posted August 12, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Governor Mike Pence today announced he will lead a delegation of Hoosier business leaders and elected officials on his first gubernatorial overseas jobs and economic development mission to Japan.

The governor will depart Indiana on Sept. 5 and return on Sept. 14. During the trip, he will travel to Tokyo, Nagoya and Tochigi Prefecture, Indiana's Japanese sister-state. He will attend the Japan-U.S. Midwest Conference and will meet with government and business leaders and potential investors. Calls to executives from Honda, Toyota and Subaru as well as other companies with Indiana operations will also be part of the governor's agenda while in Japan.

“From leading automotive manufacturers to their diverse array of suppliers, Japan's top companies have found homes across all corners of the Hoosier State,” said Pence. “Our administration aims to continue to nurture and grow the strong bond between Indiana and Japan that dates ba

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