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Governor DeWine, Tiffin Mayor Montz, other officials prepare to leave for Japan trip next week




TIFFIN, OH ( News) — Several state and local officials are preparing to leave for a trip to Japan for an economic development conference next week.

Governor Mike DeWine, Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, State Representative Bill Reineke, and Seneca County Commissioner Mike Kerschner are among the officials that will travel to Tokyo for the Midwest-US Japan Conference.

The officials are set to depart Ohio on Friday, September 6 with an expected arrival in Tokyo the following day.

The Midwest-US Japan Conference will begin on Sunday, September 8 and will include keynote remarks from U.S. and Japanese senior government officials, networking sessions, gala receptions, and more.

The estimated budget for each official to travel to Japan is estimated to be anywhere from $5,000 to $6,000.

Some examples of Japanese companies attending the conference are Honda Motor Company, Fuji Xerox, Hitachi, Mitsubishi Corporation, Sony Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation, and more.

Additional officials representing the State of Ohio include J.P. Nauseef, Chief Investment Officer for JobsOhio, along with additional JobsOhio staff.

In addition to Gov. DeWine, other high-ranking state officials are anticipated to attend but have yet to be named.

Paul Zito, Vice President for International Development with RGP Northwest Ohio, and David Zak, President & CEO of Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership, will also be in attendance.

Officials are expected to return to Ohio on Saturday, September 14.

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