Gov. Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will travel to Japan for an international trade mission from Oct. 7-12. The goal of the trade mission is to “build relationships with key international figures to promote Missouri’s strong capacity for trade,” according to a press release.
Japan is a top source of direct foreign investment and a key trade partner for Missouri, with more than $455 million in exports in 2022, the release said. The exports in highest demand include processed foods, chemicals and electronic products.
“We are excited to promote Missouri as a prime business location and to encourage continued investment and mutual success,” Parson said in the release.
Parson will meet with various government officials, diplomats and business leaders to promote Missouri as a prime destination for business investment and expansion. This will include stops in Tokyo and Nagano Prefecture, the sister state to Missouri.
Parson will also meet with the executives of several companies, including Hitachi, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nidec, Panasonic, Toyoda Gosei (TG Missouri) and ZEN-NOH.
The trip is funded by the Hawthorn Foundation, a nonprofit organization.
Source : KOMU 8