|Consul General Hiroshi Sato spoke at the |
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Tennessee is home to 179 Japanese companies representing $14 billion U.S. dollar investment and employing 35,000 Tennesseans. The largest Japanese companies are Nissan, Bridgestone in Middle Tennessee and Denso in Maryville.
Half the total foreign investment in Tennessee is Japanese leaving far behind the investment from Germany, Canada, United Kingdom and France.
Despite the recent tsunami and earthquake, Sato said "Japan fully intends to maintain its status as a leading player in the global economy. We intend not only to survive but to thrive."