COLUMBUS — Ohio’s lieutenant governor has scheduled a trade mission to Japan in September to boost prospects for state exports and to try to persuade Japanese companies to invest here.
Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher, who is also director of the Ohio Department of Development, is to speak at the annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association conference in Tokyo and at a business conference organized by the Japanese government in Osaka, according to his office.
The trip, scheduled for Sept. 7-15, will include officials from Ohio companies and organizations.
Japan is Ohio’s leading foreign investor, thanks in large part to Honda, which has manufacturing facilities in central Ohio and a network of suppliers in the state.
Japan is also the state’s third-largest export market behind Canada and Mexico, the department said.
Fisher, a Democrat, will also try to develop partnerships in Japan to increase research and development among Ohio companies, universities and research institutions, the department said.