Gov. DeWine to meet on investor relationships amid trip to Japan

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, right, speaks during the Ohio State of the State address as Ohio Senate president Larry Obhof looks on at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is set to travel to Japan in September for a business development mission, his office announced Wednesday.

The trip will put a focus on the investor relationship between the state and Japan, as well as finding new partnership opportunities.

More than 70,000 Ohioans are employed at 852 Japan-owned establishments in the state, according to the announcement. Japan was also Ohio's fifth-largest export market for Ohio products last year.

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“Ohio and Japan share a special investment relationship, and my administration is committed to strengthening those ties,” said Governor DeWine. “This business development mission looks to find new opportunities for partnership and build upon the successes and ties that have benefitted the people of both Ohio and Japan.”

During his time there, DeWine will also visit the 51st Midwest U.S.-Japan Association annual conference in Tokyo. More than 50 government and economic development officials will also be representing Ohio's regions and communities.

The governor will also visit Ohio's sister state in Japan, the Saitama Prefecture — where next year marks the 30th anniversary of the relationship.