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Gov. Ricketts to host Trump Trade Officials, U.S. & Japan Leaders at the 50th Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference in Omaha

LINCOLN – Next week, Governor Pete Ricketts will host U.S. and Japanese business and government leaders at the 50th Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association (MWJA) Conference in Omaha.  Each year, the conference attracts about 400 U.S. and Japanese business executives, and will highlight the strong relationship between Japan and Midwestern states.  This year, the conference takes place September 9-11, 2018.

Highlights from the conference will include trade officials from the Trump administration as well as a dozen governors from American states and Japanese prefectures.  The conference is only open to registered participants.  It will be hosted at the Hilton Omaha located at 1001 Cass Street in Omaha.   More information regarding the conference can be found here.  

Credentialed media are invited to attend the open press events listed below.  These events will take place on the second floor in the Grand Central Ballroom except the Monday lunch, which will take place in the Blackstone Ballroom on the second floor.  Media attending the summit will be asked to check-in at the registration table at the events.  Questions about events and media availability for speakers can be directed to Kate Ellingson by calling 402-309-3310.  You can follow the conference on social media and join in the conversation by using #MWJA50.  

Monday, September 10

9:00 a.m. CT            Opening Ceremony & welcome remarks from Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts

                                    Remarks from Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum

11:15 a.m. CT          Remarks from U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney

11:45 a.m. CT          Remarks from Japanese Ambassador to the United States H.E. Shinsuke Sugiyama

12:00 p.m. CT          Remarks from United States Trade Representative Chief Agricultural Negotiator Gregg Doud

Tuesday, September 11

10:45 a.m. CT         Closing ceremony & remarks from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Closing remarks from Governor Ricketts


Nota Bene: This event is open to credentialed media. The public is invited to watch a livestream of select events via Facebook Live.  Links to the livestreams will be made available at shortly before live events begin