Governor Ron DeSantis announced Friday morning that Florida will host the 44th Annual Southeastern United States and Japan (SEUS/Japan) Meeting Program in Orlando next November. Eric SilagyPresident and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), will chair the meeting with his Japanese co-chairman, Masaaki Tsuya of Bridgestone Corporation.
The Joint SEUS/Japan Meetings program offers delegates and business leaders the opportunity to meet with senior Japanese government officials. The program includes sessions on the current economic outlook in Japan and the Southeastern United States, including trade, investment, and other hot bilateral topics.
“For 46 years, SEUS/Japan has worked to strengthen Florida’s economic and cultural ties with Japan, and my administration remains committed to continuing this partnership,” DeSantis said. “Florida is home to approximately 200 Japanese companies, and trade between Florida and Japan topped $6.8 billion in 2021 as Florida’s sixth-largest trading partner. We look forward to strengthening this partnership by hosting the 44th Joint Annual Meeting here in the Sunshine State, and I am pleased to announce Eric Silagy as Chair of the 44th Meeting.
As Florida maintains its status as the 15th largest economy in the world, SEUS/Japan is critical to the state’s ability to diversify economic production and advance key sectors such as transportation infrastructure, connectivity, cultural ties and a multilingual workforce with a goal of creating a business environment that welcomes and promotes the success of Japanese businesses.
“Florida is well known in Japan as one of the world’s leading tourist destinations and citrus exporters. The SEUS/Japan meeting is a great opportunity for Japan and Florida to strengthen their ties in the aerospace and life sciences sectors,” said the Consul General of Japan. Kazuhiro Nakaiand added, “I look forward to celebrating our longstanding diplomatic and economic relations in Florida next year, which will coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Japanese Consulate General in Miami.”
Florida also enjoys a high rate of tourism by Japanese citizens, welcoming more than 220,000 people on an annual basis from 2015 to 2019. The SEUS/Japan meeting provides a venue to continue promoting Florida destinations, state’s natural resources, and investing in tourism infrastructure between Japan and Florida.
“Florida values our strong cultural and economic ties with Japan,” Florida’s Secretary of State said. Laurel M. Lee. “With the 44th Annual SEUS/Japan Joint Meeting, we look forward to strengthening our diplomatic relationship, honoring our shared values, and strengthening the strong economic ties between Florida and Japan for the benefit of all Floridians.”