Two officials from the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago have completed a visit to southwest central Indiana. The visit included tours of WestGate @ Crane Technology Park, as well as municipal and educational facilities.
Consul General Toshiyuki Iwado and Director of Economic Affairs Shirakura Keizo were hosted by a delegation that included Washington Mayor Joe Wellman, Daviess County Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Ron Arnold and Radius Indiana Chief Executive Officer Becky Skillman.
Skillman says "It’s been a very beneficial day and one that we hope will be the beginning of a new relationship." She pointed out the state has more than 250 Japanese companies located here, which employ over 52,000 workers, which is "something we don’t take lightly."
The consulate in Chicago serves 10 states: Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. It serves as a representative to the nation of Japan.
Wellman says "many potential opportunities exist for Washington and Daviess County and possible relationships with Japanese businesses, and we were able to showcase our assets for the Consul General and his senior representatives. Now we look forward to building on our developing friendship." Earlier this year, Wellman and Arnold visited the Consul General in Chicago.