For immediate release: Sep 15, 2009
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Day 9: Governor concludes jobs mission by thanking Indiana customers

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Day 9: Governor concludes jobs mission by thanking Indiana customers

Editor's note:  Governor Daniels provides a wrap up of the Japan portion of the trip in this video:

Tokyo, Japan (September 15, 2009) - Governor Mitch Daniels concluded his jobs mission to China and Japan today by meeting with businesses that currently employ thousands of Hoosiers to thank them for choosing to do business in Indiana and discuss any possible plans for expansion. 

"We come here every year because Japan is far and away our best economic partner," said Daniels.  "Whether it's business or the business of economic development, you've got to take care of your best customers."

Daniels met separately with executives from Toyota Motor Corporation, Fuji Heavy Industries (owner of Subaru of Indiana Automotive) and NTN Driveshaft along with another company currently considering projects in Indiana. 

"It's no accident that Indiana has been so well represented here each and every year," said Daniels.  "Personal effort and personal contact matters really comes down to relationships.  I think it matters all over the world, but maybe a little more so over here in Asia."

He also met with a reporter for a local Tokyo business publication to discuss his experience on Shinkansen, the network of high-speed railway lines in Japan, and the prospects for a high-speed railway network to be developed in the Midwest. The governor was a passenger on the Shinkansen earlier this week when he traveled to Tochigi Prefecture. He's also traveled on the railway on previous jobs trips to Japan.

The day concluded with a well-attended Friends of Indiana reception. The governor and delegation will depart from Japan on Wednesday and return to Indiana on Wednesday evening.

More information about the governor's trip may be found at this link:


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