Governor Pete Ricketts kicked off his second trade mission to Japan Monday. Japan is Nebraska’s number one foreign investor, and Governor Ricketts is leading a team of delegates and business officials to Japan to build on this strong trade relationship.
During a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning, the governor talked about everything that happened during the day.
In the morning, Governor Ricketts enjoyed breakfast with the U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty, along with U.S. Governor’s Eric Holcomb (Indiana), Bruce Rauner (Illinois), Rick Snyder (Michigan), and Scott Walker (Wisconsin). After breakfast, the Nebraska trade delegation attended the Midwest U.S. – Japan Association (MWJA) Conference where Governor Ricketts spoke about why Nebraska is a great place to do business.
In the afternoon, the Governor and members of the trade delegation met with Kiyoshi Ueda, Governor of Saitama Prefecture. Following this meeting, the Governor, Nebraska trade delegation, and Japanese trade delegates took part in a proclamation ceremony where Governor Ricketts proclaimed this week as Japan Week in Nebraska.
Later in the afternoon, the delegation met with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) executives. NTT owns Omaha technology security company Solutionary, which has since been renamed NTT Security and employs around 1,400 people worldwide, including 250 at its Omaha headquarters.
The trade delegation concluded the night with a Nebraska Night Reception focused on building trade relationships and touting the 50th Annual MWJA Conference which is being held in Omaha next year.
With a busy schedule throughout the week, the trade delegation will conclude the Japan trip on Saturday.