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Governor Pence Leaves Today For Japan Trade Mission

The mission marks Mike Pence's first overseas trip to Japan as governor.

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Gov. Mike Pence hopes to strengthen Indiana and Japan's investment relationship during his trip beginning Thursday.

Governor Mike Pence leaves Thursday afternoon for a nine-day trip to Japan.

Pence says he has no specific company or job announcement he expects to make when he returns. He is targeting those Japanese firms already doing business in Indiana to thank them for their investment.

The governor adds that he will pitch his administration‘s job and education agenda to show these companies, and those not yet operating in the Hoosier State, that his goal is to have the most educated and trained workforce in the nation.

Pence made the remarks during Wednesday morning‘s visit to Columbus to dedicate a bridge to former Mayor Robert Stewart. He says Columbus is an example of the power of a partnership with Japan, as Japanese firms in Columbus employ nearly 4,800 people locally.

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