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Photo Release: Gov. Ricketts Kicks Off First Day of Nebraska Trade Mission to Japan

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Governor Ricketts addresses the 49th Annual joint meeting

of the Japan-Midwest U.S. and Midwest U.S.-Japan Associations.



Members of the Nebraska trade delegation and Japanese

trade delegates join Governor Ricketts for a ceremony

to proclaim this week as Japan Week in Nebraska.



Governor Ricketts meets with U.S. Ambassador to Japan

William Hagerty, along with U.S. Governors Walker

(Wisconsin), Rauner (Illinois), and Holcomb (Indiana).



Governor Ricketts exchanges gifts with NTT

Executive Vice President Jun Sawada.



Governor Ricketts presents a gift to Saitama Prefecture Governor Ueda.



TOKYO, JAPAN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts kicked off his second trade mission to Japan.  Japan is Nebraska’s number one foreign investor, and Governor Ricketts is leading a team of delegates and business officials to Japan to build on this strong trade relationship.


In the morning, Governor Ricketts enjoyed breakfast with the U.S. Ambassador to Japan William Hagerty, along with U.S. Governor’s Eric Holcomb (Indiana), Bruce Rauner (Illinois), and Scott Walker (Wisconsin).  After breakfast, the Nebraska trade delegation attended the Midwest U.S. – Japan Association (MWJA) Conference where Governor Ricketts spoke about why Nebraska is a great place to do business.


In the afternoon, the Governor and members of the trade delegation met with Kiyoshi Ueda, Governor of Saitama Prefecture.  Following this meeting, the Governor, Nebraska trade delegation, and Japanese trade delegates took part in a proclamation ceremony where Governor Ricketts proclaimed this week as Japan Week in Nebraska. 


Later in the afternoon, the delegation met with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) executives.  NTT owns Omaha technology security company Solutionary, which has since been renamed NTT Security and employs around 1,400 people worldwide, including 250 at its Omaha headquarters. 


The trade delegation concluded the night with a Nebraska Night Reception focused on building trade relationships and touting the 50th Annual MWJA Conference which is being held in Omaha next year.



Gov. Ricketts Kicks Off First Day of Nebraska Trade Mission to Japan