On May 31st, Consul-General Kinefuchi met with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards at the State Capitol in Baton Rouge. Louisiana Economic Development Secretary Don Pierson and Ms. Donna Fraiche, Honorary Consul-General of Japan in New Orleans, also joined the meeting.
The Consul-General noted the importance of the relationship between Japan and Louisiana and expressed his hopes to work with Governor Edwards to further deepen the partnership. Consul-General Kinefuchi highlighted the importance of strengthening both economic relationship and also cultural and interpersonal exchanges. He also asked for the Governor’s support in efforts to build a network with Louisiana military personnel and veterans formerly stationed in Japan, to expand the JET program, and to promote investments in both directions.
In return, Governor Edwards stated that the US and Japan have a mutually beneficial relationship and, as the new Governor, he would like to further strengthen the relationship. He also expressed his interests to welcome investments from Japan and to further strengthen the economic and cultural partnership between Louisiana and Japan.