Wisconsin Department of Commerce Newsletter
July 2004
Governor Doyle Leading Business Development Delegation to Japan

Governor Jim Doyle will be leading a delegation of business and community leaders to Japan September 24 - 30. The goal of the trip is to promote the state's exports and encourage Japanese investment in Wisconsin.

Japan is Wisconsin's #2 export destination, accounting for over $800 million worth of exports. It is an excellent market for medical and health-related products. Wisconsin became the site of the first Japanese-owned manufacturing facility in the United States when the Kikkoman Corporation established a plant in Walworth in 1972. Since then other Japanese investors including Sony, Sumitomo Electric, Fuji Heavy Industries, Yamaha Motor Company, and others have settled in our state. There is still room for more investment and greater trade. The Governor is especially interested in fostering exchanges and partnerships in the biotechnology and nanotechnology sectors.

International sales executives seeking to open new markets or strengthen existing relationships, CEOs and entrepreneurs seeking to make contacts with Japanese venture capitalists, representatives of high tech organizations seeking exposure for Wisconsin technological advances, and community leaders seeking to attract investors to their region are all invited to participate in the trip.

The visit is timed to coincide with the joint meeting of the Midwest US - Japan and the Japan - Midwest US Associations, and the BIO Japan 2004 trade show. Delegation members will also tour the Kazusa Research Park in Wisconsin's sister-state of Chiba Prefecture.

Interested participants should contact Mary Regel, phone: (608) 266-1767, e-mail: mregel@commerce.state.wi.us for more information.

-- Stanley Pfrang

The newsletter is issued electronically every other month.

Please send comments or questions to Barbro McGinn, editor.

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