Congressman Marsha Blackburn – working for our Armed Services in Japan

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Congressman Marsha Blackburn – working for our Armed Services in Japan

This Week in Japan
Fellow Americans –

Periodically there is both a need and an opportunity to visit our global interests. This week provided me such an opportunity. Japan is a strategic ally for our nation and it also plays an important role in our state’s economy. Japan is the largest foreign investor in Tennessee with nearly 180 Japanese-owned companies operating in the state employing an estimated 40,000 Tennesseans, including Nissan North America in Franklin. Each year we export $2.5 billion in Tennessee product to Japan, supporting nearly 17,000 jobs. University Student Exchange programs are conducted by Belmont, the University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Memphis and Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay offers a Japan studies program. We value our strong relationship with Japan and it was an honor to spend the week building upon it.

Our first meetings of the week were in Okinawa working with our Armed Services. As Japan is a strategic ally, having our bases on Okinawa is important to our national defense. It was an honor to meet with our commanders and their leadership teams to get an update on our activities. We also met with the Okinawa governor, two past governors and three of the local mayors whose cities are host to our bases.

National security and economic security are of great concern in the region. The issues of aggression in the South China Sea by China and other actions by North Korea and Russia have pushed the issue of national security to the top of the list with Japanese policy makers and citizens. I found it interesting that their issues are much like ours.

In our meeting with members of Japan’s legislature, the Diet, they reiterated their focus on trade and building that relationship with the United States. Business leaders gathered with us for a breakfast meeting and expressed their concerns that the United States will not pass a trade agreement that strengthens Japan’s hand with us, their ally. In Tokyo, not only did we meet with Diet members to discuss U.S.-Japan cooperation on issues of national and economic security, we had a productive meeting with Prime Minister Abe. It is such an honor to hear how warmly these Japanese leaders speak of Tennessee, how pleased they are that some of their companies have chosen to make Tennessee their U.S. home. Many Japanese companies are seeking to partner with American companies and universities on digital engineering and innovation. Meeting with one such company, Hitachi Global, I discussed my recent visit to St. Jude and the state of the art proton unit they built and operate in Memphis. Today I had the opportunity to meet with Nissan’s leadership in Japan. Nissan’s North American headquarters is located right in our district and its plant in Smyrna is the most productive in the nation. We had a great discussion about the future of Nissan in Tennessee as they continue to be impressed by our state’s business environment and highly trained workforce.

We are thankful for a productive visit that highlighted the many opportunities we have to work with Japan and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them. You can view additional photos from my visit by clicking here.

For further news and legislative updates, please be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

Have a great weekend,
Marsha

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Congressman Marsha Blackburn

This Week in Japan
Fellow Americans –

Periodically there is both a need and an opportunity to visit our global interests. This week provided me such an opportunity. Japan is a strategic ally for our nation and it also plays an important role in our state’s economy. Japan is the largest foreign investor in Tennessee with nearly 180 Japanese-owned companies operating in the state employing an estimated 40,000 Tennesseans, including Nissan North America in Franklin. Each year we export $2.5 billion in Tennessee product to Japan, supporting nearly 17,000 jobs. University Student Exchange programs are conducted by Belmont, the University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Memphis and Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay offers a Japan studies program. We value our strong relationship with Japan and it was an honor to spend the week building upon it.

Our first meetings of the week were in Okinawa working with our Armed Services. As Japan is a strategic ally, having our bases on Okinawa is important to our national defense. It was an honor to meet with our commanders and their leadership teams to get an update on our activities. We also met with the Okinawa governor, two past governors and three of the local mayors whose cities are host to our bases.

National security and economic security are of great concern in the region. The issues of aggression in the South China Sea by China and other actions by North Korea and Russia have pushed the issue of national security to the top of the list with Japanese policy makers and citizens. I found it interesting that their issues are much like ours.

In our meeting with members of Japan’s legislature, the Diet, they reiterated their focus on trade and building that relationship with the United States. Business leaders gathered with us for a breakfast meeting and expressed their concerns that the United States will not pass a trade agreement that strengthens Japan’s hand with us, their ally. In Tokyo, not only did we meet with Diet members to discuss U.S.-Japan cooperation on issues of national and economic security, we had a productive meeting with Prime Minister Abe. It is such an honor to hear how warmly these Japanese leaders speak of Tennessee, how pleased they are that some of their companies have chosen to make Tennessee their U.S. home. Many Japanese companies are seeking to partner with American companies and universities on digital engineering and innovation. Meeting with one such company, Hitachi Global, I discussed my recent visit to St. Jude and the state of the art proton unit they built and operate in Memphis. Today I had the opportunity to meet with Nissan’s leadership in Japan. Nissan’s North American headquarters is located right in our district and its plant in Smyrna is the most productive in the nation. We had a great discussion about the future of Nissan in Tennessee as they continue to be impressed by our state’s business environment and highly trained workforce.

We are thankful for a productive visit that highlighted the many opportunities we have to work with Japan and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them. You can view additional photos from my visit by clicking here.

For further news and legislative updates, please be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

Have a great weekend,
Marsha

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This Week in Japan

Fellow Americans –

Periodically there is both a need and an opportunity to visit our global interests. This week provided me such an opportunity. Japan is a strategic ally for our nation and it also plays an important role in our state’s economy. Japan is the largest foreign investor in Tennessee with nearly 180 Japanese-owned companies operating in the state employing an estimated 40,000 Tennesseans, including Nissan North America in Franklin. Each year we export $2.5 billion in Tennessee product to Japan, supporting nearly 17,000 jobs. University Student Exchange programs are conducted by Belmont, the University of Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Memphis and Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay offers a Japan studies program. We value our strong relationship with Japan and it was an honor to spend the week building upon it.

Our first meetings of the week were in Okinawa working with our Armed Services. As Japan is a strategic ally, having our bases on Okinawa is important to our national defense. It was an honor to meet with our commanders and their leadership teams to get an update on our activities. We also met with the Okinawa governor, two past governors and three of the local mayors whose cities are host to our bases.

National security and economic security are of great concern in the region. The issues of aggression in the South China Sea by China and other actions by North Korea and Russia have pushed the issue of national security to the top of the list with Japanese policy makers and citizens. I found it interesting that their issues are much like ours.

In our meeting with members of Japan’s legislature, the Diet, they reiterated their focus on trade and building that relationship with the United States. Business leaders gathered with us for a breakfast meeting and expressed their concerns that the United States will not pass a trade agreement that strengthens Japan’s hand with us, their ally. In Tokyo, not only did we meet with Diet members to discuss U.S.-Japan cooperation on issues of national and economic security, we had a productive meeting with Prime Minister Abe. It is such an honor to hear how warmly these Japanese leaders speak of Tennessee, how pleased they are that some of their companies have chosen to make Tennessee their U.S. home. Many Japanese companies are seeking to partner with American companies and universities on digital engineering and innovation. Meeting with one such company, Hitachi Global, I discussed my recent visit to St. Jude and the state of the art proton unit they built and operate in Memphis. Today I had the opportunity to meet with Nissan’s leadership in Japan. Nissan’s North American headquarters is located right in our district and its plant in Smyrna is the most productive in the nation. We had a great discussion about the future of Nissan in Tennessee as they continue to be impressed by our state’s business environment and highly trained workforce.

We are thankful for a productive visit that highlighted the many opportunities we have to work with Japan and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them. You can view additional photos from my visit by clicking here.

For further news and legislative updates, please be sure to follow me on Facebook and Twitter.

Have a great weekend,
Marsha

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