Gov. Ricketts Hosts Japanese Delegation & Strengthens Ties Between Nebraska, Hyogo Prefecture

15 Aug 2018

Governor Ricketts and Governor Ido with the signed memorandum of understanding, along with Consul-General of Japan in Chicago Naoki Ito.  More pictures here.

Thursday, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a delegation from Japan’s Hyogo Prefecture led by Governor Toshizo Ido.  During a press event at the State Capitol, Governor Ricketts and Governor Ido signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) strengthening the economic ties between Nebraska and Hyogo.  The University of Nebraska and University of Hyogo similarly signed an MOU on Wednesday that will lead to new educational and research collaborations between the two institutions.

“Nebraska and Hyogo share a tremendous friendship and a long history of economic collaboration,” said Governor Ricketts.  “Hyogo companies, such as Kawasaki, Yasufuku, S Foods, and American Shizuki Corporation, have been valued members of the Nebraska business community for decades.  They employ thousands of Nebraskans and contribute to the economic success of our communities.  Today, we strengthened our ties with Hyogo and look forward to pursuing new opportunities for economic and social exchange that will benefit both parties.  This is a great week for the state of Nebraska.”

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