Japan looks to strengthen ties to Ohio

Investment by Japanese companies has created 77,000 jobs in Ohio, and those numbers are expected to grow, as Japan “is looking to do even more business with Ohio and the U.S.,” The Columbus Dispatch reports. There are “484 Japanese facilities in Ohio,” many of which are tied to the auto industry; Honda of America alone employs 14,500 people in the state. Japan’s minister of economy, trade and industry, Hiroshige Seko, “said Japanese companies are looking to make further investments in the state,” according to the article. Seko was recently in Columbus to speak at an event sponsored by the Japan External Trade Organization, the Japan-American Society of Central Ohio, JobsOhio and Columbus 2020. Kenny McDonald, CEO of Columbus 2020, said his group is focused on “maintaining, accelerating and evolving our relationship with the Japanese business community and our many Japanese partners for the coming decades.” For more, read the full article.

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