Coalition’s Wathen Reports on Japan Trade Mission


Greg Wathen

By: J. Gregory Wathen, APR

I returned this week from the Indiana Trade Mission to Japan headed by Governor Mitch Daniels, where Governor Daniels and I met with key partner companies including Toyota, Aisin Seiki, Toyota Boshoku, and Toyota Industries. In addition to the above meetings, I was fortunate to participate with Governor Daniels in a private luncheon with Tomikazu Fukuda, Governor of Tochigi Prefecture – Indiana’s sister Japanese state.

During the meetings, Governor Daniels delivered a powerful message about how Indiana and Southwest Indiana are the perfect business locations. Demonstrating to Japanese business how Southwest Indiana works as one economic region opened their eyes to the investment possibilities.

Over the next three weeks, the Coalition will be engaged in discussions on some of the most important economic development projects we’ve worked on since our formation. The tenor of these discussions will tell us a great deal about which direction the economy is pointing. Our sincere hope is that an announcement or two will come from those talks. Stay tuned.