Japanese-owned affiliates employed 17,300 people in 2013 in Virginia, which accounted for 10% of all employment created by foreign-owned affiliates, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Statistics like these illustrate why a key to enhancing the Japan-U.S. relationship lies in growing state-level ties. To that end, Economic Minister Kawazu visited Richmond on February 25th, to continue his work to develop the relationship between the Embassy and members of the Virginia General Assembly and Executive Branch.
In the morning, Minister Kawazu visited the Virginia State Capitol, and met with Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, several Senators and Delegates, including the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates William J. Howell. When Minister Kawazu was viewing the session at each of the Senate and Delegate Chambers, Ryan T. McDougle and Delegate David Yancey were kind enough to introduce him to the Senate and the House of Delegates respectively.
In the afternoon, Minister Kawazu was able to meet with the First Lady of Virginia, Ms. Dorothy McAuliffe, Maurice Jones, Secretary of Commerce and Trade and Todd Haymore, Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry to discuss measures to expand and deepen the economic ties.