Gov. Mitch Daniels is going to China. This afternoon, Daniels announced he’ll lead his first-ever trade delegation to the Asian nation.
He’ll be joined on the Sept.5-16 trip by Hoosier business leaders and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Mitch Roob.
An Indiana governor hasn’t visited China in more than a decade. Daniels will visit Shanghai as well as Indiana’s Chinese sister-state Zhejiang from Sept. 6-11.
Then, from Sept. 11-16, Daniels will visit Japan, where he’s scheduled to visit Tochigi Prefecture, Indiana’s Japanese sister-state; and attend the Japan-U.S. Midwest Conference in Tokyo. Daniels will meet with government and business leaders in both countries, and host three business receptions for potential investors.
Daniels has visited Japan four times since he took office. Last year, he was scheduled to visit Japan, but stayed home unexpectedly to coordinate disaster-relief efforts after severe weather and flooding across much of Indiana.
The cost of Daniels’ trip is being underwritten entirely by private donations to the Indiana Economic Development Corp. Foundation.
More than 200 Japanese companies have made investments topping $9.8 billion in Indiana and employ 42,000 workers in the state. Daniels hopes to convince Chinese officials and business leaders to follow suit.