More than 200 Japanese business leaders learn about Tennessee’s business advantages
TOKYO, JAPAN – During an economic development trip in Asia, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) co-hosted an investment seminar focused on Tennessee’s business advantages on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The seminar was attended by more than 200 business leaders in the manufacturing, logistics, government and construction sectors.
During the seminar, presentations were made by Mr. Fumitaka Nishimura, general manager of manufacturing for the strategy planning department of Nissan Motor Company, and Mr. Yusuke Uemura of the Nippon Steel & Sumikin Materials management team. Nissan’s history with the state of Tennessee dates back to 1983, while Nippon Steel & Sumikin Materials, a metal substrate manufacturer, located its first U.S. facility in Fayetteville in January.
“Tennessee’s relationship with the Japanese business community is historic. As Tennessee’s largest foreign investor, Japanese investment is responsible for more than half of the state’s total foreign direct investment,” Haslam said. “We are honored to have Japanese companies contribute so much to the state, and our goal is to help both existing and new Japanese companies thrive in Tennessee as we continue the tradition of our successful partnership with Japan for years to come.”
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