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Governor Bryant discusses recent trade mission to Japan

So, why is Mississippi's Governor traveling thousands of miles away to Japan? He says the goal is simple at its core -- jobs. Source: WLBT So, why is Mississippi's Governor traveling thousands of miles away to Japan? He says the goal is simple at its core -- jobs. Source: WLBT
So, why is Mississippi's Governor traveling thousands of miles away to Japan? He says the goal is simple at its core -- jobs. Source: WLBT So, why is Mississippi's Governor traveling thousands of miles away to Japan? He says the goal is simple at its core -- jobs. Source: WLBT
So, why is Mississippi's Governor traveling thousands of miles away to Japan? He says the goal is simple at its core -- jobs. Source: WLBT So, why is Mississippi's Governor traveling thousands of miles away to Japan? He says the goal is simple at its core -- jobs. Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Governor Phil Bryant isn't always in the state for state business. A recent trip overseas is one he believes will pay off in the way of jobs.

So, why is Mississippi's Governor traveling thousands of miles away to Japan? He says the goal is simple at its core -- jobs.

"We have 47 different companies that are owned by the Japanese," said Bryant. "...Over 10,000 employees here in Mississippi."

Those partnerships with Japanese and their businesses have fueled growth in Mississippi's auto industry. Bryant posted photos to social media of meetings with Toyota's President.

Toyota recently announced it will expand its Blue Springs facility and add 400 jobs.

READ MORE: Toyota Mississippi makes major jobs and investment announcement in northeast Mississippi

Another 2,000 Mississippians work for Yokohama Tire in West Point and more than 6,000 are employed by Nissan's Canton plant, but those don't cover all the suppliers that are associated with the plants.

The Governor and other state officials went to an automotive show while in Japan.

"As we went from booth to booth, there were so many that we could associate with," noted Bryant. "They knew Mississippi. They were aware of the Nissan-Toyota. The only state that has a Nissan and Toyota plant in it."

Bryant says these kinds of trade missions have proven successful in the past.

"The last time I was in Japan, we came home with a Yokohama tire plant," he explained.

So will it mean new jobs this go-around?

"We know it will," assured Bryant.

At the start of 2018, Toyota and Mazda chose Alabama for a $1.6 billion car plant. Bryant says Mississippi is primed and ready to take advantage of new business related to that plant.

"We knew not only some of our workers along the state border would have an opportunity there," added Bryant. "But the supply companies that we see here in Mississippi are going to have to increase their employees to provide the demand that is in our neighboring state of Alabama.

The Governor's trip wasn't solely focused on the auto industry. He also met with the Commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet. Bryant believes there could be new opportunities for more ships to be built on the coast at Ingalls in Pascagoula.

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