Governor Pete Ricketts has concluded his second international trade mission of 2017 following a six-day visit to Japan, including stops in Tokyo, Shizuoka, and the Kansai region. Key members of the Governor’s administration as well as public and private sector leaders joined the Governor on the mission, which focused on efforts to grow Japan’s investments in Nebraska. Department of Economic Development Director Courtney Dentlinger and Department of Agriculture Assistant Director Mat Habrock helped lead the Governor’s 40-member Nebraska Delegation.
On Friday, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska trade delegation began the final day of the Nebraska Trade Mission to Japan in the Hyogo Prefecture with a tour of Hyogo Works, a Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) plant. Starting with a motorcycle assembly plant, Kawasaki has had a presence in Nebraska for 43 years and recently launched its first aeronautics division in the United States at their Lincoln facility.
Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska trade delegation began the fourth day of the Nebraska Trade Mission to Japan with a visit to the Shizuoka Prefecture to meet with Shizuoka Vice Governor Akihito Yoshibayashi. Shizuoka was Omaha’s first sister city and the two have been sister cities since 1965.
Today, Governor Pete Ricketts participated in a signing ceremony at Sagami Restaurant in Tokyo, Japan on behalf of Nebraska’s pork producers. During the ceremony, representatives from Smithfield Foods International Group and Sagami Chain Co. Ltd. signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) designed to expand the business relationship between the two parties. This expansion will result in the sourcing of pork products by Sagami from Smithfield’s processing plant in Crete, Nebraska.