FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear, first lady Jane Beshear and Economic Development Secretary Larry Hayes will leave Saturday for a seven-day trade mission to Japan and China.
The trip will mark the second visit by the governor to Japan and his first visit to China as governor.
“Our national and state economy continues to face significant challenges, even as we are seeing important glimmers of hope,” Beshear said in a statement.
“I will go wherever I need to go – whether it’s around the block or around the globe – to aggressively court and recruit high-paying jobs to Kentucky, the kind of jobs that will accelerate our economic recovery.”
In Japan, Beshear said he will work to establish relationships with businesses considering new investments in Kentucky, and to continue to strengthen relationships with firms that are operating and growing in the state, such as Toyota Motor Corporation, Hitachi, Ltd. and Akebono Brake Industry Co., Ltd.
Following Japan, the Beshears and Hayes will depart for China.
Since opening the Kentucky China Trade Center in Beijing in 2006, the state has worked to develop long-term relationships with Chinese government officials and business leaders.
“It’s critical that Kentucky have an important role as our country develops even closer ties to China. We have a strong foothold in this country now. That role and that relationship need to expand significantly in the coming years,” Beshear said.
The state delegation also will try to bring attention to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, to be held next fall in Lexington.