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How Japan business ties add horsepower to Southeast growth

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – As leaders from seven Southeastern states gather with their Japanese counterparts for a high-level forum in Birmingham, this longstanding Trans-Pacific relationship is positioned to strengthen as trade and investment ties expand.

Those strong economic bonds provide the foundation for the SEUS Japan 38 joint forum beginning this weekend in Alabama’s largest city, an event that’s expected to draw scores of corporate leaders, political officials and economic development specialists from Japan and across the region. (Read about the conference.)

DCOM-SEUS-SnipeSEUS Japan 38 is a reminder of the significant cultural and commercial links between the Asian nation and the states that make up the Southeast-U.S. Japan Association: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Two-way trade between Japan and the Southeastern states exceeded $30 billion in 2014, a figure that includes nearly $8 billion in SEUS-region exports to Japan, led by chemicals and transportation equipment.

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International SEUS Japan 38 forum to kick off in Birmingham

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