Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Parson heading on trade mission to Japan

(From Gov. Mike Parson)

From October 7 - 12, Governor Mike Parson and First Lady Teresa Parson will travel to Japan for an international Trade Mission. Japan is a top source of foreign direct investment and key trade partner for Missouri, with more than $455 million in exports in 2022.

Consistent with Governor Parson’s infrastructure and economic development priorities, the goal of the Trade Mission is to build relationships with key international figures to promote Missouri’s strong capacity for trade.

“Missouri has historic ties to Japan, and we look forward to strengthening this vital international relationship through our Trade Mission,” Governor Parson said. “Leading Japanese companies are already operating in our state, contributing to our economic growth, and creating jobs for Missourians. We are excited to promote Missouri as a prime business location and to encourage continued investment and mutual success.”

The Trade Mission will include stops in Tokyo and Nagano Prefecture, the sister state to Missouri, where the delegation will visit Nagano Prefecture University, which works with the University of Missouri. The delegation will also meet with Shuichi Abe, Governor of Nagano Prefecture, and the mayor of Suwa, St. Louis’ sister city. Governor Parson will meet with various government officials, diplomats, and business leaders to promote Missouri as a prime destination for business investment and expansion.

Meetings are scheduled with company representatives that have existing relationships in Missouri to thank them for their investments in the state and companies without a presence in Missouri to encourage them to consider Missouri for future investments.

The $455 million in goods exported to Japan in 2022 show the importance of international trade to the state’s economic success. Among the goods exported, processed foods, chemicals, and electronic products were among those in highest demand.

Japan Highlights

Governor Parson will take part in meetings with executives of several leading companies, including Hitachi, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Nidec, Panasonic, Toyoda Gosei (TG Missouri), and ZEN-NOH.

Governor Parson will also participate in discussions with key Japanese business organizations, including the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), meet with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel, and take part in an agri-business dinner.

The Trade Mission is funded by the Hawthorn Foundation, a Missouri nonprofit organization. For updates on the trip, follow @GovMikeParson on Facebook and @GovParsonMO on Twitter.


Anonymous said...

Do us all a favor, stay in japan and don't come back. Don't use my dollar to get there.

Anonymous said...

The gubner will be pickin' and grinnin' with the JETROs??....can't make this kind of cr@p up!

Anonymous said...

Is your family joining you at taxpayers expense for vacation?

Anonymous said...

One imagines mechanical failures...

Anonymous said...

The way our Political System and Candidates works - they are always looking for their Next Vote / Money Stream / Payday. Whether that is being Wined and Dined by Lobbyists to Push their Message or Getting a Check by Representing Other Businesses - Once they are out of Office and Using their Political Connections.

Our Political Systems - Are all about Power and Money - - Notoriety - that Leads to More Power and Money.

There are so many Wonderful things about Missouri - Yet our State does a Terrible Job - Marketing and Promoting the Potential and Capabilities.

We would rather have the Tobacco Lobbyist -Enrich the Pockets of our Elected Officials - Missouri has the lowest tax rate on cigarettes at $0.17 for a 20-pack. The jurisdiction with the highest tax rate on cigarettes is currently the District of Columbia at $5.02 for a pack of 20. New York and Connecticut are tied for second at $4.35/20-pack.

If Missouri would Raise the Tobacco Tax - they could fund better Schools, Education, offer Incentives to Businesses to Move their Companies to our State and keep our Educated Workforce in our State and Produce more Taxes to Better our State and Help Cover the Medical Burden of when these Smokers Need Hospitalization for Lung and Cancer Diseases.

But Why use - Simple Logic to Help Solve some of the Biggest Problems in our State - -


Anonymous said...

The orange fat bastard loving governor ought to save the money he and his wife will spend on our dime to pay for putting 12,000 kids back on medicaid. I guess its logical to believe that the "family value" party of orange fat bastard encourages weapons of war that end up slaughtering kids and innocent adults would easily justify letting 12,000 misouri kids suffer. Just wondering how many of these kids are minorities?

Randy said...

I see two comments mentioning the taxpayers paying for this trip. The taxpayers are not paying for the trip. It is being paid for by the Hawthorn Foundation. Now that in itself is questionable, since we should be skeptical about the use of private funds to pay for this kind of trip, but the trip is not being paid for by taxpayers.