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Governor Bruce Rauner taking overseas trade mission

CHICAGO - “I’m delighted that Governor Bruce Rauner will visit Japan on his first overseas trip since taking office,” said Consul General of Japan Naoki Ito.  The governor will be making an eight-day visit to Japan and China marking Rauners first international trade excursion since taking office.

This trip will focus on creating business opportunities for Illinois as well as strengthen Illinois diplomatic and trade relationships with Japan and China.  The relationships that will come from this trip will help foster close cultural partnerships for the state. Business leaders, education, and government officials will gather overseas over the eight-day mission Sept. 9-17. “With an increasingly connected global economy, international trade missions such as this one allow Illinois companies to enhance their competitiveness and create more jobs,” said Gov. Rauner.

The mission will start off in Tokyo where Gov. Rauner will attend the Midwest- USA Japan conference. Following the conference, the Governor will meet in Shanghai, China. “I highly appreciate Governor Rauner’s efforts in strengthening economic cooperation as well as cultural, educational and people to people exchanges between China and Illinois. I sincerely wish Governor Rauner’s visit a complete success and hope this visit can bring our friendship and cooperation to the next level,” said Consul General Hong Lei from China.

“I am committed to strengthening Illinois economic and cultural ties with important global markets, including those within Japan and China,” said Gov. Rauner. 

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