Governor Eric Holcomb’s trade mission to Japan continues this week. The delegation’s weekend agenda included meetings with leaders from Indiana’s sister-state, Tochigi Prefecture, and participating at the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference in Tokyo.
Indiana’s sister-state relationship with Tochigi Prefecture was established in 1999. As part of an effort to strengthen the economic and cultural partnership between the states, Holcomb and the state delegation met with Tochigi Prefecture Governor Tomikazu Fukuda as well as government and business leaders. The Japanese state supports one of Columbus-based Cummins Inc.’s (NYSE: CMI) global operations and is home to Fukai Manufacturing, which in 2014 established manufacturing operations in Jamestown, Indiana. The company recently announced plans to invest $57 million into an additional facility and add more than 100 jobs.
The Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference is an annual meeting involving business and government representatives from 10 Midwest states and Japan. Holcomb is one of five U.S. governors to attend this year’s event.
The trip’s agenda also includes meetings with Japanese companies with a presence in Indiana including Subaru Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. You can see the full delegation and schedule by clicking here.