TOKYO (November 17, 2010) - Governor Daniels closed his 11-day job-hunting mission to China and Japan today with meetings that strengthened Indiana's relationships with Japanese government officials and business leaders.
This morning the governor traveled to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the request of Mr. Seiji Maehara, Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister. An up-and-coming leader of the Democratic Party of Japan, Mr. Maehara became Foreign Minister in September after serving a stint as the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transportation and Tourism.
The Minister proposed a meeting with Governor Daniels when he learned that the governor would be making his fifth official visit to Japan this year.
"It was an honor to spend time with one of Japan's top leaders this morning. The Minister is known for his positive outlook on U.S. - Japan relations and I thanked him for reinforcing the need that this bilateral relationship be an unambiguously strong one," said Daniels.
The two also discussed the current state of the economy in both the U.S. and Japan, the governor said.
After the meeting Daniels attended lunch with the top officials from Kayaba Industry Co., parent company of KYB America which manufactures gas struts and shock absorbers for automotive and all-terrain vehicles in Franklin. The company has been in Franklin for 13 years and supplies parts to customers including Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Nissan, Suzuki and Yamaha. KYB employs more than 600 Hoosiers in Johnson County.
"KYB is one of the many companies we called on to thank while in Japan. The company is currently evaluating growth potential in the American market so our visit was timely," said Daniels.
The lunch meeting with KYB was the last official event of Daniels' jobs mission before he and the state delegation boarded the plane to return to the U.S.
The governor said that his conversations with Chinese and Japanese companies over the past 11 days have generated several strong leads that the state will be following up on and that some new prospects are expected to make site visits to Indiana as soon as by the end of the year.
As a result of the Asia trip, email marketing provider ExactTarget, whose chief executive Scott Dorsey traveled in the governor's delegation, is close to finalizing a strategic partnership with a major technology communications provider in Japan that will bring ExactTarget's products and services into the Japanese market.
"When a business like ExactTarget is able to make money in other parts of the world, we know that means many of those dollars will come home to Indiana in the form of growth at the company's home base so these transactions are very beneficial," said Daniels.
"I am coming home encouraged about the promise of the concrete leads and new job opportunities we have identified for near-term follow-up," said Daniels. "China especially is sitting on a lot of money and our objective on this trip and others like it is to recapture dollars America has sent over there, bringing them home to put Hoosiers to work."
Photos of today's events may be found on the Asia web page at this link: http://in.gov/gov/asia2010.htm
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