Nebraska has received a special visit from a Japanese official.
Consul-General of Japan in Chicago, Naoki Ito, has visited the state ahead of Nebraska hosting the 50th Midwest U.S. – Japan Association conference in Omaha in September.
Ito says Japan and Nebraska have a warm relationship which the conference should help develop further.
“So, I’m really hoping that through this conference in September our partnership, our friendship will further grow; not only business partnership, but also very wide partnership and friendship between Japan and Nebraska should grow,” Ito tells a news conference hosted by Gov. Pete Ricketts.
Japan is Nebraska’s number one direct foreign investor and the third largest importer of Nebraska products.
The governor’s office reports Japanese investments in Nebraska include Kawasaki, Kewpie, Marubeni, Itochu, and NTT.
Ito counts 66 Japanese business facilities in the state, employing 47,000 Nebraskans.
Ito visited Scottsbluff ahead of coming to the Capitol to speak with Gov. Ricketts.