Governor Pete Ricketts began the third day of the Nebraska Trade Mission to Japan with U.S. Embassy and Agricultural Markets briefings.
Governor Ricketts and the Nebraska trade delegation then met with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) President Yasushi Akahoshi and fellow executives. JETRO focuses include the furtherance of mutual understanding with trading partners, import promotion, and liaison between small businesses in Japan and their overseas counterparts. The Governor then briefly met with executives from Kawasaki to thank them for their continued investments in Nebraska. The trade delegation then hosted a JETRO investment and trade promotional event where businesses from the Tokyo area came to hear information on investment and business opportunities in Nebraska.
The Governor and Nebraska trade delegation wrapped up day three of the Nebraska trade mission to Japan with a Nebraska pork signing ceremony between Sagami Chain Company and Smithfield Foods International Group. Sagami specializes in pork tonkatsu (deep-freid pork cutlet) and soba (buckwheat) noodles and they have agreed to purchase pork cutlets from Smithfield’s Crete plant. During the ceremony, Sagami Chain Company Chairman & CEO Toshiyuki Kamada and Smithfield Japan General Manager Takayoshi Yamakawa signed a letter of intent commemorating their new business with Governor Ricketts.
The Governor and Nebraska trade delegation will begin the fourth day of the trade mission to Japan with a visit with the Shizuoka Prefecture Vice Governor Akihito Yoshibayashi.