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Governor Bruce Rauner and Japan

• Michael H. Moskow, Chairman of the Japan America Society of Chicago, welcomed Governor Bruce Rauner, the first Illinois Governor to attend a meeting of the Japan America Society of Chicago. Moskow introduced him as a successful businessman but his real passion was in the education field, where Moskow got to know him.

• Governor Rauner said that he was born in Chicago and grew up just two blocks from Wrigley Field. His father was an electrical engineer and worked for Motorola from the 1950s to the early 1980s. The governor said, “My father was an inspiration for me. He traveled to Japan all the time and was in various communities in Japan.” He said that he had built many communication and technology companies and had important partnerships and investments with the people of Japan.

• In 1983, the state of Illinois created its first overseas trade office in Japan. Gov. Rauner said, “Your nation, the Japanese people are fundamentally important to the prosperity of the people of Illinois, and I as the governor, look forward to enhancing our partnership.” Actually, his administration’s first overseas trip was to Tokyo in Japan.
• He also emphasized the importance of further US-Japan relationships in tourism, immigration, expanding cultural and educational exchanges for students in the two countries.

• Gov. Rauner mentioned the budget problem in the state and said that every solution to the state’s challenges was all about becoming more pro-investment, pro-job creation, and pro-growth. “There is no better growth partner anywhere in the world to the people of Illinois than the people of Japan. And I seek to help every Japanese business become more successful, more competitive by investing here in the state of Illinois,” he said.

• Governor Rauner thanked Chairman Moskow and Consul General Iwado for their partnership and friendship and said that he look forward to visiting Japan soon after having a balanced budget followed by pro-growth reforms. He concluded his speech saying, “I’m personally working to expand with a few of you our relationship, trade, commerce, tourism, cultural and educational exchanges, everything I can. I’m excited for the partnership and friendship,” and said, “Arigato gozai mashita (Thank you),” in Japanese.

Governor Bruce Rauner

Governor Bruce Rauner speaks at the 86th annual dinner of the Japan America Society of Chicago on June 9, 2016