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Pence Returns from 2nd Successful Trip to Japan

Tuesday, November 03, 2015
“Our state’s economic ties with Japan are crucial,” Pence said during a conference on his first day in Japan, “with more than 250 Japanese businesses operating in Indiana that together provide more than 52,000 jobs for hardworking Hoosiers. Of all U.S. states, Indiana boasts the largest amount of Japanese investment per capita because our story as a low-cost, low-tax and low-regulation state that works for business resonates with executives worldwide.”

The first day Pence attended the joint governors meeting of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association, an organization formed in 1967 to promote business relations between Japan and the Midwestern U.S.

On the second day he met with representatives from Honda Motor Company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Hitachi, all of whom have operations in Indiana. Honda employs 2,000 Hoosiers at its Indiana plant, Mitsubishi recently opened its 10,700-square-foot expanded plant in Franklin, Indiana, and Hitachi has 10 subsidiary operations in Indiana.

The third day, Pence met with Mitsubishi and its Indiana subsidiary, Indiana Packers Corporation. The company is planning a $40.6 million expansion of its operations in Delphi, and the creation of 91 new jobs. He also met with Mitsui Kinzoku Act, which employs 1,600 associates in Greensburg, and Subaru, whose Lafayette assembly plant accounts for 3,800 Hoosier jobs.

Pence later visited the headquarters of Keidanren, Japan's largest business association, and the National Diet Building in Tokyo to meet with former foreign affairs minister Hirofumi Nakasone.

Mike Pence, Governor
 State of Indiana


During his trip to Japan, Governor Pence met with officials from some of the 250+ Japanese companies with operations in the State of Indiana.