Governor Heineman has appointed Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy to lead the Nebraska delegation to the 43rd Annual Midwest U.S. – Japan Association joint meeting in Tokyo next week.
Heineman says the conference provides an opportunity for the state to build on contracts made during reverse trade missions held in Nebraska. The state delegation, which includes business executives from Nebraska companies, will meet with some of the Japanese business executives that attended the reverse trade missions.
Sheehy will not only lead the delegation, he will address the meeting. He says he will discuss building partnerships, the role Midwestern states play in the global economy and how states in the Midwest and Japanese businesses can learn from each other.
The Nebraska delegation will also have an eye on expanding trade with Japan as well as luring Japanese companies to make investments in Nebraska.
“This conference highlights and promotes the many benefits of doing business in Nebraska, often resulting in new, long-term investments, expansions of Japanese companies in our state,” according to Sheehy.
Ten states have membership in the Midwest U.S. – Japan Association. This year’s meeting will be held from September 25th to the 27th. Its theme is “Innovation in a Changing Global Economy.”