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Gov. Ricketts and Nebraska Trade Delegation Begin Mission

Audio of the Governor’s comments below can be found here.


TOKYO, JAPAN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts addressed the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA) conference in Tokyo. Gov. Ricketts is in Japan leading a Nebraska delegation to promote Nebraska business and our state's long history as an economic partner with Japan.

In his remarks, Gov. Ricketts focused on the long relationship that the state has had with Japan and on continuing to grow relationships with companies currently operating in Nebraska.  He also appealed to those interested in business opportunities in the U.S. to take a closer look at what Nebraska has to offer.  The Governor highlighted the business-friendly environment and educated and hardworking Nebraskans, which has spurred job growth throughout the state.

The Governor's remarks were made as part of the opening ceremonies of the 47th Annual Joint Meeting of the MWJA and the Japan-Midwest U.S. Association in Tokyo, attended by more than 300 U.S. and Japanese business and government representatives. This was the Governor’s first time participating in a MWJA conference.  He is one of four Midwestern governors attending, the other three from the states of Iowa, Indiana, and Michigan.

The conference showcases the Midwest business environment and helps inform Japanese companies about investment opportunities in Midwest communities.

Later in the day, Gov. Ricketts announced a partnership agreement between Lincoln-based Geist Manufacturing and Meikyo Denki, a Japanese power distribution panel manufacturer. The agreement will expand Geist’s product line distribution throughout Japan.

“Geist is a perfect example of a Nebraska business engaging in the global marketplace at a high level,” said Gov. Ricketts. “With the support of our Nebraska Center in Japan, Geist and Meikyo Denki are forming the kind of relationship that leads to success in a competitive industry.”

Geist designs and manufactures industry leading technology and software for powering, monitoring, cooling and managing critical data center infrastructure.  The Nebraska Center Japan in Yokohoma assisted Geist in developing its relationship with Meikyo Denki over the past four years.