Consul-General Kinefuchi visits Kentucky Governor Bevin (January 29)

On January 29th, Consul- General Kinefuchi met with Kentucky Governor Bevin at the Kentucky State Capitol.  Former Governor Martha Layne Collins, also former Honorary Consul-General of Japan at Lexington, also joined the meeting.
The Consul- General stated that the relationship between Japan and Kentucky is thriving, especially the economic relationship.  He hopes to work with Governor Bevin to further deepen the partnership.  Consul- General Kinefuchi highlighted the important role played by human exchanges and asked for the Governor’s support in efforts to expand the JET program and encourage Japanese education.  He also pointed out that the U.S. Army’s Fort Campbell is home to many military personnel and veterans formerly stationed in Japan.  The Consul-General hopes to renew those ties with Japan by expanding the Consulate’s network with servicemembers at Fort Campbell. 
In return, Governor Bevin expressed his appreciation to the Consul General for travelling to Frankfort to highlight the Japan/Kentucky partnership.  The relationship is very important and, as Governor, he would like to further strengthen it.  On behalf of the people in Kentucky, Governor Bevin expressed appreciation for Japan’s contributions to the people of Kentucky.