Trade with Japan, according to NGage Executive Director Walker Zulkoski, requires a long-term commitment. Zulkoski, who represents Beatrice and Gage County, has returned from the governor’s trade mission to Japan.
Zulkoski says trade with Japan takes long-term commitment.
“Japanese relationships take so many years to develop. It’s tough for a governor who has four, maybe eight year, to develop these relationships,” Zulkoski tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KWBE.
To illustrate the point, Zulkoski says that during the trip a Japan business executive walked up to Lincoln Chamber of Commerce President Wendy Birdsall and handed her a business card from the first time the two had met, 10 years ago.
Aside from the business discusses that took place in Japan, some in the delegation got a very real lesson in the tensions that grip Asia at present.
Zulkoski was present when North Korea tested a missile by firing it over Japan.
“Our building went on lockdown on Friday morning. There was a missile over the top of our head and so they had said, ‘Stay in your building until this warning is lifted.’ That just really hit home,” Zulkoski says.
Zulkoski says he got a chance to meet with investment officials who have financed economic projects in Nebraska, including the Duonix Biodiesel Plant, near Beatrice.
Gov. Pete Ricketts led the trade mission which included local economic development officials and business executives.
Doug Kennedy, KWBE, contributed to this article.