The robust economic and cultural ties between the U.S. Southeast and Japan are on full display in a virtual meeting of organizations dedicated to strengthening the long-standing relationship between seven Southern states and the Asian nation.
The 43rd joint meeting of the Southeast U.S.-Japan and Japan-U.S. Southeast Associations had been set for October 2021 in Tokyo, after the 2020 installment was canceled due to COVID-19. Organizers decided to hold the meeting virtually because of the pandemic
A video of the virtual meeting, featuring remarks from Japanese officials and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and leaders from other Southeastern states, is now available for viewing. Click here to watch the video.
Teruo Asada, chairman of the Japan-SEUS Association and a former leader of the Marubeni Corp., said Japanese companies have been major investors in the Southeast, with over 1,500 Japanese companies investing a combined $60 billion in the region, generating around 200,000 jobs.