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Gov. Ricketts Welcomes Japan's New Consul General to Nebraska

For Immediate Release:

3:45PM CT on December 17, 2019


Media Contacts:  

Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Justin Pinkerman 402-471-1967


Media Release:

Gov. Ricketts Welcomes Japan's New Consul General to Nebraska



Gov. Ricketts welcomes Consul General Okada, Japan’s new representative for the Midwest.


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts welcomed Consul General Kenichi Okada of Japan to the Nebraska State Capitol.  Okada was recently named as the Consul General in Chicago for Japan.  During their meeting, Governor Ricketts and the Consul General discussed Japan’s recent approval of a new trade agreement with the United States that reduces tariffs on key commodities including beef and pork.


In 2018, Nebraska exported more than $1.1 billion of agricultural products to Japan.  Last year, Japan bought more Nebraska beef, pork, wheat, and eggs than any other country.  Japan is also the second-largest export market for Nebraska corn.  Japan is Nebraska’s largest direct international investor.