Pence to lead Indiana delegation on trade mission to Japan

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INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence will lead an Indiana delegation on a trade mission to Japan next month.

The trip will be his first overseas jobs and economic development mission as governor. Other elected officials and business leaders will be part of the group, which leaves Indiana on Sept. 5 and returns on Sept. 14.

Pence will attend the Japan-U.S. Midwest Conference and meet with government officials, business leaders and potential investors. He’ll also talk to executives from Honda, Toyota, Subaru and other companies with operations in Indiana. He will travel to Tokyo, Nagoya and Tochigi Prefecture, Indiana’s sister-state in Japan, as part of the trip.

More than 200 Japanese companies employ nearly 44,000 Hoosiers. Indiana counts the country as its largest Asian trading partner.

Private donations will cover the cost of the trip, the governor’s office said. First Lady Karen Pence and Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith will also represent the Hoosier State during the trade mission. Representatives from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation will help make travel arrangements. The organization has an office in Nagoya.