For immediate release: Sep 13, 2011
Posted by: [LGOV]
Contact: Rachel Sorvig
Phone: 317.232.5675

Speedway Students Donate Money to Japan Earthquake Relief

Lt. Governor Skillman accepts check, announces trade mission details

SPEEDWAY - Students from Speedway High School today presented Lt. Governor Becky Skillman with a $2,500 check that she will personally deliver to the Japanese people for earthquake relief. She will make the presentation while on her economic development trade mission to Japan Sept. 21-29.

"I'm very impressed by these students' generosity and concern for people a world away," Lt. Governor Skillman said. "I'm certain the Japanese people will be touched by the gesture as well."

Speedway has a relationship with the city of Motegi in Japan that goes back nearly eight years. The cities were drawn together because of racing. Motegi is the site of "Twin Ring Motegi", a race track that began hosting Indy Racing League events in 2003.

Over the years, officials from the two cities have visited each other. In 2007 and 2009, Speedway Junior High students traveled to Motegi, staying with local families, attending school in Motegi, and meeting the mayor. Speedway has also hosted students from Motegi.

"When we heard about the devastating earthquake, our students sprang into action and did what they could to help," said Speedway Schools superintendent Ken Hull. "The people of that city feel like members of our Speedway family."

The Lt. Governor will present the check to Mayor Tatsuya Koguchi of Motegi on Sept. 23.

Lt. Governor Skillman also released the full itinerary and delegate list for her trade mission as well as an agriculture mission to China the State Department of Agriculture begins this weekend. The Japan trip involves visits to Indiana customers including Subaru, Sony, Toyota, and Aisin as well as a keynote address at the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association meeting.

China Itinerary*
*Lt. Governor Skillman will not participate in this portion of the trade mission

Saturday, September 17 - Sunday, September 18
Delegation to China travels from Indianapolis to Shanghai

Monday, September 19
Delegates will attend a US-China agricultural economy briefing and an Indiana Zhejian Agriculture Business Seminar. They will then participate in a Indiana-Zhejiang Sister City discussion with the Zhejiang Foreign Affairs Department. The day will close with a welcome dinner hosted by Zhejiang.

Tuesday, September 20
Delegates will split and travel to smaller communities in Zhejiang that could be potential sister-cities with Indiana communities.

Wednesday, September 21
Travel from Shanghai to Tokyo

Japan Itinerary

Tuesday, Sept. 20 - Wednesday Sept. 21
Travel from Indianapolis to Tokyo

Thursday, September 22
Lt. Governor Skillman will travel to Kikkoman headquarters to meet with CEO Yuzaburo Mogi. The afternoon will be filled with other company meetings. The delegation will host a Friends of Indiana reception in the evening.

Friday, September 23
The delegation will be shown landmarks in Tochigi Prefecture and meet with Governor Tomikazu Fukuda and Vice Governor Junichi Sato of Tochigi Prefecture. Lt. Governor Skillman will meet with Mayor Tatsuya Kochugi of Motegi to present an earthquake relief check from Speedway High School.

Saturday, September 24
The delegation will visit Fuji Heavy Industry's (Subaru) Factory and meet with several Subaru suppliers in Ota City.

Sunday, September 25
Midwest US-Japan Association (MWJA) Conference welcome reception.

Monday, September 26
The delegation will attend portions of the MWJA Conference. Lt. Governor Skillman will travel to Sony to visit with executives.

Tuesday, September 27
Lt. Governor Skillman will deliver a keynote address at the MWJA closing ceremony. In the afternoon, the delegation will attend an agriculture association meeting and meet with executives from several Japanese commodity groups. The delegation will also meet with executives from several companies including Mitsubishi (Indiana Packers), Itochu, and Subaru.

Wednesday, September 28
The delegation will meet with executives from Toyota, Aisin Seiki, and the Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 7:15 Depart Hotel for Tokyo Station all Delegates. They will also host of Friends of Indiana Reception in Nagoya.

Thursday, September 29
Travel from Tokyo to Indianapolis.

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