Nebraska is seeing international trade successes this week. Governor Dave Heineman says Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heideman is wrapping up a highly productive trip through Asia, which has taken him to Japan and Taiwan.
“In Taiwan, he signed a deal for $400-million, Nebraska ag products, corn, soybeans, wheat,” Governor Heineman says. “That’s very critical. We did a similar agreement about three years ago. They’ve been a very good trading partner for us.”
Heineman, speaking at Husker Harvest Days in Grand Island, says his administration is continuing the push to re-open Japanese markets to Nebraska beef.
“We’ve been working very aggressively with Japan,” he says. “We had those challenges a few years ago. Now, the market is opening up again. Our director of agriculture has been over there. Japanese consumers, time and time again, have told us they want Nebraska beef. We’re going to get it back over there.”
Heineman says there’s also word that a Japanese electrical firm plans to open its first office in the Husker State before the year is out.
“Morio Denki, a Japanese company, is coming to Nebraska,” Heineman says. “They’re going to work with Kawasaki. What we’ve found over the years, no matter what country it is, if you can get a couple to come, others will follow. They begin to feel comfortable, that there’s a welcoming relationship.”
Morio Denki makes electrical components that are used in several areas, including the automotive, rail and shipping industries. The Lincoln office will be near the Kawasaki plant which uses its railcar parts.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton