Kentucky has new economic representative in Japan

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky has a new economic development representative in Japan.

The new point person for Kentucky in Japan is Hiraku Tamura, a Tokyo native who has nearly four decades of experience in international business. He last served as president of a Japanese logistics service company. Gov. Steve Beshear announced the appointment Thursday.

Tamura replaces Jiro Hashimoto, who announced his retirement in June after 28 years as Kentucky's representative in Japan. During his tenure, more than 150 Japanese companies located in Kentucky, resulting in current jobs for more than 38,000 Kentuckians.

Besides its economic development office in Japan, Kentucky also maintains an office in Hamburg, Germany, which works to cultivate new and existing relationships with European-based companies.

Nearly 100 foreign companies have located facilities in Kentucky in the last decade.

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