Execs, Governors Converge in Mpls. for U.S.-Japan Event

The annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference will bring together business representatives from the Midwest and Japan, as well as government officials, to explore strategies for enhancing business relationships.

Hundreds of executives and government officials from Japan, Minnesota, and other Midwestern states will descend on the Minneapolis Hilton in September for the 44th annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) recently announced.

Top executives from Japanese companies—including Toyota, NEC Corporation, and All Nippon Airways Company—will join Minnesota business leaders from Medtronic, 3M, and Ecolab, among other companies.

Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and five other U.S. governors are scheduled to speak at the event, which aims to strengthen trade and commerce ties between Japan and the Midwestern states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

“The Midwest U.S.-Japan Association encourages new business partnerships and deepens mutual understanding between business leaders and government officials in the two countries,” Dayton said in a statement. “The annual conference is an opportunity to bring together key business and government leaders to explore strategies for building on our relationship with Japan.”

The conference, which began in 1967, has not been held in Minneapolis for 27 years, according to DEED. It will take place from September 16 through 18.

Minnesota businesses that are interested in doing business in Japan or would like to build on existing partnerships are encouraged to register for the conference by September 7. Click here for registration details.