Florida Governor Rick Scott traveled to Japan for a week-long trip in November to promote business ties between Japan and the state of Florida. This visit marks the 10th time he has gone overseas to promote the state since he took office nearly three years ago and his first trade-related visit to East Asia.
Japan is a major trading partner with Florida and more than 270,000 Japanese tourists visit the state each year. There are an estimated 119 Japanese companies employing 20,000 people in the Sunshine State.
"Florida is undoubtedly the number one tourist and business destination and our upcoming trip to Japan will allow us to meet with Japanese business leaders and talk with them about why they should invest in Florida and create jobs for our families," Scott said in a statement about the trip.
Scott has previously made economic development trips to Brazil, Columbia, Chile, Israel, England, France, Spain, Canada and Panama. During his trip to Japan, Scott will visit the cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya and his schedule includes meetings with Japanese executives as well as meeting with U.S. diplomats to the country.