Gov. Pete Ricketts is in Japan, promoting Nebraska.
Ricketts is in Japan, attending the 47th Midwest US-Japan Association Conference in Tokyo, where much discussion centers on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) under negotiation.
Ricketts supports TPP.
“If we want to grow Nebraska, growing our exports is one of the opportunities we have,” Ricketts tells Nebraska reporters during a conference call from Tokyo. “Japan is our third biggest trading partner and, so, to the extent that we can get this signed it will help us be able to expand those opportunities to grow our exports.”
This trip is two-fold: selling Nebraska as a location for Japanese businesses to invest in as well as selling Nebraska exports.
“We’re talking to people that do not have a presence in Nebraska and a lot of folks that already do have a presence in Nebraska to offer our help in making sure that we can expand those,” according to Ricketts.
Lt. Gov. Mike Foley preceded Ricketts in Nebraska. Foley traveled with agricultural leaders, promoting Nebraska products in an effort to expand exports to Japan. Japan is already a major importer of Nebraska beef and pork.
This is the second trade mission for Ricketts. Ricketts led a trade mission to Europe in June. The Nebraska delegation visited Italy and Denmark as well as made a stop in Brussels, Belgium to speak with leaders of the European Union.
Ricketts had a chance to speak to the conference in Japan earlier.
He will lead the Nebraska delegation to visit Beijing, China on Thursday.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]