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Findlay Formula annual trip to Japan is highlight of continuous relationship

Business, Government and Education Travel Together

Post Date:10/29/2019 9:00 AM
(TOKYO, JAPAN October 23, 2019)— For the seventh consecutive year, a Findlay economic mission trip is travelling to Japan. Although this has become an annual trip, the Japanese-Findlay relationship is a year-round relationship. The delegation includes Government, Business and Education leaders. This year’s delegation includes Mayor Christina Muryn, Councilwoman Dina Ostrander, Economic Development Director Tim Mayle, Director of Area of Modern Languages at the University of Findlay Dr. Hiro Kawamura, Partner/Chairman of Cornerstone Consulting Organization and Vice Chairman of the Board at the University of Findlay Chris Ostrander, and Partner at Eastman & Smith LTD and Findlay-Hancock Alliance Board President Patrick Sadowski.

The Economic Mission has several priorities this year said Tim Mayle. “We want to build upon the economic, government and educational ties we have established over the past 35 years. In terms of economic development, we will meet with a few of our existing Japanese companies and meet with two companies interested in investing in Findlay. One company is automotive and the other is agribusiness. We will also explore opportunities for Findlay and Hancock County companies to export to Japan, specifically soy.”

Mayor Christina Muryn will be making her first trip to Japan as Mayor. “This year Fukui and Saitama Prefectures both have newly elected Governors. I look forward to meeting with them to discuss how we can continue to facilitate economic, education and government partnerships”, said Mayor Muryn. “We are fortunate to have two of the leading prefectures in Japan as our partners in Findlay.”

In addition to Saitama and Fukui visits, the delegation will visit with Kawaguchi City. The City of Findlay established a Friendship City agreement with Kawaguchi City in 2018. “The Friendship City agreement has led to a partnership between Findlay City Schools, Findlay Rotary, and Kawaguchi City Schools,” said Dr. Kawamura. “We are very proud to be hosting two students at Findlay High School this school year, and next year Findlay High School students will study at Kawaguchi Municipal High School in Kawaguchi City.”

Findlay is home to seven Japanese companies and to more than 250 Japanese residents. Mayor Muryn recognizes the importance of the annual trip to Japan. “This trip is not all about attraction of companies. It is important to meet with the leadership of our global companies to discuss retention and expansion in Findlay. Our Japanese companies have global facilities, and they can choose to invest anywhere. Our delegation communicates how Findlay is creating an environment for continued investment to our current Japanese partners as well as future prospects,” said Muryn.

While in Japan, the delegation will have stops in Fukui, Tokyo, Kawaguchi, Hamamatsu and Tochigi. The delegation will return October 30.

For more information, please contact the Findlay•Hancock County Economic Development Office at 419-788-0490 or email tmayle@findlayhancocked.com.
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