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Holcomb: Japan Visit Will Bear Dividends

Just-concluded trade mission is eighth visit to Japan by Indiana governors in 12 years

(CARMEL) - Governor Holcomb says last week's trade visit to Japan strengthens ties with the country's top overseas partner.

Holcomb signed cooperation agreements with Japan and with Aichi Prefecture, the headquarters of Toyota and several other manufacturers. Those deals don't include any specific commitments, but Holcomb says they lay a foundation for deals to come. Texas and Washington are the only other states with similar agreements with Aichi, and Holcomb says only two other states can boast cooperation deals with the country as a whole.

Holcomb's Japan visit is the eighth by an Indiana governor in 12 years, following five visits by Mitch Daniels and two by Mike Pence. Holcomb says it's important to show up in person to make those business relationships personal.

Holcomb met with executives of Toyota and other Japanese companies with plants in Indiana, and with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. 

Holcomb traveled to Princeton Wednesday to celebrate the five-millionth vehicle produced at Toyota's factory in Princeton since it opened 20 years ago.

Gov. Eric Holcomb (Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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