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Hoosiers in Japan: Governor’s Delegation Makes Successful Venture

Monday, October 23, 2017

Indiana Governor Holcomb led a group of Hoosiers – including NIPSCO’s own Economic Development Director, Don Babcock – on an overseas trade mission to Japan in September.

“The cultural and economic ties between Indiana and Japan are storied and strong,” said Governor Holcomb. “With more than 280 Japanese businesses operating in Indiana today, the state’s relationship with Japan is crucial to our economy and to supporting Hoosier jobs across the state.” Indeed, Indiana is home to the largest amount of Japanese investment per capita in the entire United States.

The group included 40 business leaders, economic development and local elected officials who met with both business and government officials during the seven day trip.

On the trip, the governor attended the opening events of the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference, met with representatives of Indiana-connected Japanese companies including Subaru Corp, Honda Motor Co. and many others, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Aichi Prefecture (home to 70 Indiana-connected companies) and visited Indiana’s Japanese sister state Tochigi Prefecture.

At the end of the trip, Governor Holcomb called the visit to Nagoya (the capital of Aichi Prefecture) the “perfect capstone” to the economic development trip. “We look forward to our continued partnership as we begin to coauthor the new chapter of the Indiana-Japan relationship.”

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