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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana Governor Mike Pence will travel to Japan next month on his first overseas jobs and economic development mission.
He will leave on Sept. 5 and return to Indiana on Sept. 14. During his trip, he and a delegation of Hoosier business leaders and elected officials will travel to Tokyo, Nagoya, and Tochigi Prefecture, which is Indiana's Japanese sister-state.
Pence will also attend the Japan-U.S. Midwest Conference, where he will meet with government and business leaders and potential investors. He will also speak with executives from Honda, Toyota, and Subaru, as well as other companies that have operations in Indiana.
Japan is Indiana's largest Asian trading partner, and more than 200 Japanese companies are located in the state. Pence said in a news release, "Our administration aims to continue to nurture and grow the strong bond between Indiana and Japan that dates back nearly 100 years and has led to more than 42,000 Hoosier jobs in recent years."
Private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Foundation are paying for the trip -- no tax dollars are being used.