Governor Kate Brown today wrapped up her Asia trade mission after several days of productive meetings in Japan, focused on expanding Oregon’s semiconductor industry, agricultural imports and other business opportunities. and tourist. The governor was joined by Oregon leaders representing agriculture, tourism, higher education, apparel, technology and manufacturing. Prior to her stay in Japan, the Governor and the trade delegation spent several days in South Korea.
“Oregon and Japan have a long-standing friendship, and as Japan fully reopens to commerce, tourism and business, it’s critical that we rekindle and strengthen our business relationship here,” Governor Brown said. “There are incredible opportunities, especially in our semiconductor and agricultural sectors, to attract investment, trade and tourism from Japan.”
Japan is Oregon’s sixth-largest export market, with Oregon’s exports to Japan totaling $1.6 billion in 2021. More than 150 Japanese companies have operations in Oregon. While in Tokyo, Governor Brown met with US Ambassador Rahm Emanuel. At a Foreign Investment Roundtable, Governor Brown discussed investments in Oregon’s semiconductor industry with representatives from Nikon, AGC Inc., Fujitsu, Fujibo Holdings, Gigaphoton, Showa Denko, Kioxia , Lasertec, the Semiconductor Equipment Association of Japan and the Japan External Trade Association. .
The Governor also met with executives from Hitachi, which opened a nanotechnology innovation center in Hillsboro in September, and Yamato Transport, which provides transportation options to Japanese and Asian companies in the Pacific Northwest. The Governor and representatives from the University of Oregon also met with leaders from Waseda University, as well as Waseda exchange students from Oregon and Japan.
In Oregon’s sister state, Toyama Prefecture, Governor Brown met with Toyama Governor Hachiro Nitta. Along with representatives from the Oregon Department of Agriculture and Business, the Governor also met with President Shotaro Tomita of Hokusei Products, which imports a number of products from Oregon to Japan, including fruit purees from Oregon Fruit Products in Salem. She visited the manufacturing facilities of Nousaku Corporation and Kitamura Machinery, as well as the Toyama Industrial Technology Research and Development Center. The governor also led a women’s leadership roundtable with Toyama Vice Governor Mika Yokota and women leaders from Oregon and Toyama. The delegation also toured the facilities of Sugino, a Toyama-based company that has partnered with the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center in Scappoose.
Governor Brown promoted tourism, wine and beer in Oregon with representatives from the Oregon Wine Board and Travel Oregon. She participated in a press conference at PDX Taproom, a Tokyo company that exclusively sells Oregon craft beer, with Travel Oregon CEO Todd Davidson and Japanese media to discuss tourism opportunities in the Oregon. She also visited Kagurazaka Rouge, a Tokyo wine bar that sells Pacific Northwest wines, with Oregon Wine Board President and CEO Tom Danowski.
Source: Oregon Governor’s Office