(STATEHOUSE) - Governor Pence leaves Thursday on his first overseas trip as governor, in hopes of laying groundwork for new jobs in Indiana.
The trip won't necessarily bring back any immediate job commitments. But Pence says he'll visit executives of companies already in Indiana, including Toyota, Honda and Subaru, to tout Indiana's business climate and his plans to beef up vocational education.
He says he'll stress Indiana's appreciation for the investments already made in Indiana.
More than 200 Japanese-owned companies have operations in Indiana, with nearly 44,000 workers.
Pence will address an annual Midwestern business conference in Tokyo, then visit Nagoya and Tochigi Prefecture during a nine-day visit.
Former Governor Mitch Daniels made annual trade visits to Japan. Pence says he hasn't decided whether to maintain that pace, but says he'll visit as often as necessary to keep Indiana's business ties with Japan strong.
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