Gov. Pat Quinn is headed for Japan. He’s going to the annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association conference, and he’ll also visit with companies that operate in Illinois, of which there are many. “The companies that have come from Japan to locate in Illinois include Astellas (in Northbrook) and Tekeda (in Deerfield), two of the leading pharmaceutical companies on planet earth. They’re located and headquartered in Illinois. Nippon Sharyo in Rochelle, Ill., manufacturing rail cars for our state as well as for the whole country, they’re located in Illinois,” he said, also noting car manufacturer Mitsubishi in Normal.
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Companies based in Japan employ more Illinois workers than from any foreign country other than the United Kingdom. There are 410 Japanese-owned companies here, employing 53,000. Japan is also a market for Illinois manufactured goods and agricultural products, to the tune of $2.1 billion last year. At the conference, the governor is scheduled to speak about opportunities to invest in Illinois.