The trip, which is meant to strengthen ties with Japanese investors, will be May 12-21 with stops in
The business trip will mark the 25th anniversary of the West Virginia Department of Commerce’s Nagoya Office.
State Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette is one of the 14 people who will join Tomblin.
Burdette said celebrating the anniversary means a lot since
“If you look at the history of Japanese companies that have come to West Virginia, 80 percent of them have come out of the Nagoya region,” he said, “It has been a huge success for us.”
The group will also focus on the automotive industry while overseas. The governor will be speaking at a JSAE (
Tomblin will also attend a reception with the West Virginia University Alumni Association’s Japan Chapter and its 75 members.
The trip marks Tomblin’s second trade mission to
According to a news release, since Tomblin’s last visit in 2012, Japanese companies have announced seven expansions to their operations in
Currently, 20 Japanese firms employ more than 3,000