Last week, TexasOne, the Office of the Governor and business and economic development leaders from across the state returned from a successful mission to Japan.
Spanning three days and two cities, the Texas delegation attended 13 appointments with more than 400 targeted business executives and key decision makers to strengthen Texas-Japan ties and share the “Texas Wide Open for Business” message. Trip highlights also included visits to two large current investors: Toyota Motor Corporation and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation.
The mission began in Tokyo on October 3, where the 23-member delegation received a Commercial Services Briefing at the U.S. Embassy, joined the American Chamber of Commerce Japan for breakfast and co-hosted an “Invest in Texas” seminar at the Japan External Trade Organization headquarters that was attended by more than 200 business leaders.
The delegation then traveled to the Aichi Prefecture and its capital city of Nagoya, a prominent Japanese manufacturing and shipping hub. There, the delegation met with Governor Ohmura and the Aichi Prefecture Government to strengthen our international relationship.
In both Tokyo and Nagoya, the delegation conducted multiple business receptions to share Texas’ business advantages with approximately 150 business representatives.
The Texas mission has generated worldwide media attention, including interviews with two of Japan’s largest daily newspapers, Yomiuri Shimbun and Nikkei, as well as with Fuji Sankei Business i, Jiji Press, Kyodo News and JETRO Global Eye. This international media coverage is projected to result in more than 97 million media impressions in the U.S. and Japan. Click here to read the press release.
This mission would not have been possible without the Texas delegation who joined us in Japan. We would like to thank the following delegates for helping to make this mission a true success:
- 10/35 Economic Development Alliance
- American Electric Power
- Brownsville Economic Development Council
- Dallas Regional Chamber
- Frisco Economic Development Corporation
- Greater Conroe Economic Development Council
- Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
- Greater San Marcos Partnership
- Plano Economic Development
- Representative Geanie Morrison
- Representative Jason Villalba
- Richardson Chamber of Commerce
- Texas Central Partners
- Victoria Economic Development Corporation
Fast Feedback from the Mission
“Thank you so much for allowing us to spend time with you and the delegation in Japan. It was the experience of a lifetime.”
Representative Jason Villalba
“Congratulations on an outstanding delegation trip. I know everyone felt the meetings were very productive and the partnership between Texas and Japan is strengthened as a result. Texas Central is proud to be a partner and I hope you will call on me for future initiatives.”
Holly Reed, Texas Central Partners
“I really appreciate all of your work to make the Japan trip a great success.”
Dale Fowler, Victoria Economic Development Corp.
“Thanks to the TexasOne team for organizing the recent mission. It was very informative and I believe we made some excellent contacts.”
John Meyer, FosterGlobal
“Japanese companies respect trustworthiness with each other very much as the premise to enter into the relationship of business. The comments and feedback from Japanese companies and organizations this time prove that you have succeeded in developing further trustworthiness with Japanese companies.”
Watanabe Hiroyuki, Texas Japan Office
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