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Governor Whitmer Pitches Michigan for New Jobs and High-Tech Investment During Economic Mission in Japan

Governor Whitmer Pitches Michigan for New Jobs and High-Tech Investment During Economic Mission in Japan

In a recent economic development mission to Japan, Governor Whitmer showcased Michigan's strengths in global mobility and advanced manufacturing. The mission aimed to bolster Michigan's reputation as a hub for high-tech industries and attract further investment from Japanese businesses.

Michigan's Strong Ties with Japan

Michigan's relationship with Japan is not new. Over the past decade, Japanese businesses have created more than 5,300 jobs in Michigan through investments exceeding $1.8 billion. The Japanese Consulate in Detroit reports that 456 Japanese facilities currently operate in Michigan, supporting over 39,890 jobs. A significant portion of these are direct manufacturing positions.

A Day of Productive Meetings

Governor Whitmer's day was packed with meetings with influential Japanese business leaders. She began her day at FANUC, the world's largest industrial robot maker. Michigan proudly hosts FANUC's American headquarters, employing around 1,000 Michiganders. The governor also met with Saito Tetsuo, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism, to discuss deepening cooperation on transportation and infrastructure.

Furthermore, a significant meeting with Toyota's President and CEO, Koji Sato, highlighted Toyota's recent $47.7 million investment in Michigan. This investment will see the addition of a battery testing facility at its R&D headquarters. Toyota's commitment to Michigan also extends to its new STEM initiative, "Driving Possibilities," aimed at preparing the youth for future careers.

The Hired In Michigan Career Expo

Are you a job seeker or an employer looking for opportunities in Michigan? Don't miss out on the Hired In Michigan Career Expo on September 27, 2023. This is a golden opportunity to connect with potential employers or find the talent you need. Visit and for more details.

Tips for Job Seekers:

  • Stay Updated: With Michigan's focus on high-tech industries, ensure you're up-to-date with the latest trends and technologies in your field.
  • Network: Attend events like the Hired In Michigan Career Expo to connect with potential employers and learn more about the industries you're interested in.
  • Highlight Your Skills: Michigan businesses are looking for innovative and skilled individuals. Ensure your resume and cover letter showcase your strengths and relevant experience.

Tips for Employers:

  • Diversify Your Investments: Consider investing in high-tech sectors like clean energy, advanced manufacturing, and global mobility to stay competitive.
  • Collaborate Globally: Just as Governor Whitmer is reaching out globally, consider partnerships and collaborations with international businesses to bring fresh perspectives and innovations.
  • Engage in Local Events: Participate in events like the Hired In Michigan Career Expo to find the talent that aligns with your company's vision and goals.

Governor Whitmer's economic mission to Japan is a testament to Michigan's commitment to fostering a business-friendly environment. With its rich history of collaboration with Japan and its focus on high-tech industries, Michigan is poised to lead the future of innovation and advanced manufacturing.