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Governor Tomblin celebrates 25 years of successful partnerships between West Virginia and Japan

Monday, May 18 2015


TOKYO, JAPAN - Gov. Tomblin today hosted the second reception celebrating the successful partnership between West Virginia and Japan. Two receptions, one in Nagoya and one in Tokyo, were very well received with nearly 400 in attendance. A video highlighting the success Japanese companies have found in West Virginia was showcased at both receptions.

"These gatherings marked the celebration of a shared vision between our state and Japan that began 25 years ago with the help of Senator Jay Rockefeller and then-Governor Gaston Caperton. Since then, we are privileged to have received strong support in trade, investment, education and cultural exchange," Gov. Tomblin said. "The long-term partnership between Japan and West Virginia continues to play an exceptionally important role in our state's economy, as Japanese investments help strengthen and grow our state's workforce and ensure a bright future for the Mountain State now and for years to come."

The events had a distinguished guest list, which included members of the Nagoya and Tokyo Chambers of Commerce; the Mayor of Nagoya; Governor of the Aichi Prefecture; representatives from the U.S. Embassy and Consulate; local Japanese business leaders; representatives from Japanese companies with operations in West Virginia; and dozens of prospective investors.

With three days left on the governor's mission, several important events remain. The governor will be attending and hosting and seminar at the JSAE automotive trade show (Japan's largest automotive trade show), a meeting with the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce, a reception with the West Virginia University Alumni Association's Japan Chapter and its 75 members and meetings with several additional prospects.

This marks Gov. Tomblin's second trade mission to Japan. Since his visit in 2012, Japanese companies have announced seven expansions to their operations in West Virginia totaling million in new investments and 231 new jobs. Today, 20 Japanese firms employ more than 3,000 hardworking West Virginians.

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