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Summit to highlight northeast Indiana ties with Japan

February 16th, 2018

By Alex Brown | Inside INdiana Business

The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership will today host an event in Fort Wayne focusing on business relations with Japan. Speakers at the Japan-Northeast Indiana Summit include Consul-General of Japan in Chicago Naoki Ito and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger.

The summit will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne. It is being held in collaboration with the Consulate-General of Japan in Chicago, the Japan External Trade Organization, and JTL America.

More than 280 Japanese companies operate in Indiana, employing more than 58,000 people, according to the Indiana Economic Development Corp. Last year, Governor Eric Holcomb led a delegation to Japan and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the country's state minister of foreign affairs in an effort to advance collaboration.

Last June, Ito spoke with Inside INdiana Business Assistant Managing Editor Andy Ober in studio to talk about Japan's ties with Indiana. You can view that interview by clicking the link here.