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Governor Abbott to Lead Economic Development Mission To Japan And South Korea


Irving, Texas. September 24, 2019

The Office of Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Governor will lead an economic development mission to Japan and South Korea. The delegation will depart on September 20 and return on September 27. The week-long mission will make stops in Osaka, Nagoya, and Tokyo in Japan and Seoul, South Korea, to meet with CEOs, dignitaries, and other business leaders. The mission will strengthen the strong economic and cultural ties between Texas and the two nations, while exploring new areas for expansion in the business sector.

“Texas has a strong cultural and economic bond with Japan and South Korea, and this mission will deepen our growing partnership,” said Governor Abbott. “From Toyota to Mitsubishi, leading manufacturing and tech companies have found a home in Texas because of our shared values and commitment to the free enterprise system. I look forward to strengthening these critical relationships and building a brighter future for all those who do business and call Texas home.”

Japan is the fifth largest export destination for goods from Texas, with more than $12.1 billion exported from Texas to Japan in 2018. Texas ranks No. 2 among the U.S. states for imports from Japan, with imports valued at $16.7 billion in 2018. More than 400 Japanese companies currently have operations in Texas, including the U.S. headquarters of Toyota, Kubota Tractor Corporation and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Las Colinas Chamber of commerce is joining the mission along with 16 other Texas Organizations.

Las Colinas Chamber CEO and President Beth Bowman said international recruitment is a key priority for Irving’s economic development strategic plan. “We have about 47 Japanese businesses in Irving and 150 international companies that call it home…we want to thank them and also look for more business opportunities for the future,” said Bowman.

The trip will be sponsored and paid for by the Texas Economic Development Corporation.

The following organizations will be joining Governor Abbott’s mission:

AEP Texas
The Borderplex Alliance
City Of Dallas – Office of Economic Development
Dallas Regional Chamber
Greater San Marcos Partnership
Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative
Happy State Bank
Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
McKinney Economic Development Corporation
McLane Group
Temple Economic Development Corporation
Texas Central
Texas Economic Development Corporation
Toyota Motor North America
San Antonio Economic Development Foundation
Seguin Economic Development Corporation

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