Gov. Ricketts returns from Japan trade mission
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Gov. Pete Ricketts recently returned from a weeklong trade mission to Japan.
It was his fourth trade mission to the nation as governor.
He was there with agriculture producers to strengthen the economic ties between the state and Japan.
While there, they showcased Nebraska beef, pork, corn and soybeans.
Captain Beef is a popular line of American beef — sourced exclusively from Nebraska! Thanks, @nippon_steel_ for bringing excellent NE Beef to Japan. https://t.co/FvFVUS0U8M https://t.co/J8WJ4syAx9 pic.twitter.com/NoiEMI0zd9
— Gov. Pete Ricketts (@GovRicketts) December 1, 2022
Ricketts noted that Nebraska is continually selling more products to the island nation. Beef sales in particular are up 88% since 2015.
This trip, he said, it was corn that piqued Japan’s interest. Specifically, Nebraska ethanol for planes.
“On this trade mission one of the things we found great interest in was sustainable aviation fuel, made with bioethanol, so made with ethanol that we produce here in our state,” Ricketts said. “That’s a huge opportunity, and there’s a great interest on that in Japan.”
Of course, the trading goes both ways, and Japan helps Nebraska by being the largest foreign direct investor in the state.
Japanese companies have found a foothold in Nebraska, employ 5,800 people here.
Kawasaki in Lincoln employs 2,400 of them.