Gov. Pete Ricketts and Lt. Gov. Mike Foley will lead a trade mission to Japan.
According to a news release form Ricketts’ office, the governor will lead a delegation of Nebraska business leaders to the 47th Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference in Tokyo, September 12th through the 16th.
Lt. Gov. Foley will actually arrive in Japan a week earlier, on September 9th, with a separate delegation promoting Nebraska beef and pork.
Ricketts is scheduled to address the conference September 14th.
“Because Japan continues to be one of Nebraska’s top export customers and business investors, this is the perfect opportunity to continue building on our current relationships and reaffirm our commitment as a key player in Japan and the world marketplace,” Gov. Ricketts said in a written statement released by his office.
Japan plays a major role in the Nebraska economy. Japan is the largest foreign direct investor in the Nebraska economy, investing more than $4.4 billion into the state since 2010. Over 20% of Nebraska beef exports head to Japan; over 50% of its pork exports.
Ricketts earlier this year led a trade mission to Europe.