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SEUS Japan: Leaders vow to build on close economic, cultural ties

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Leaders from Japan and seven Southeastern states pledged today to continue building on a longlasting partnership that has stimulated two-way trade and investment while creating nearly 140,000 jobs across the Southeast.

Expanding the close economic and cultural ties between the region and the Asian nation was a central message from today’s sessions at SEUS Japan 38, a major conference that formally kicked off in Birmingham this morning.

At a luncheon at the Birmingham Sheraton Hotel, Kenichiro Sasae, Japan’s ambassador to the U.S., said the partnership has been a productive one, with Japanese companies now employing 139,000 people in the seven Southeastern states.

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