Beshear Says Japan Trip Should Lead To More Jobs In Ky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear says his business trip
to Japan last week is paying off for Kentucky.
The governor says two Japanese companies are expected to
announce plans to open in Kentucky. He says the companies are related to the automotive industry and would each bring more than 100 jobs.
Beshear returned to Kentucky on Sunday after a weeklong trip.
He declined to name the companies or where they were planning to
operate, but says the companies have not been located in Kentucky
previously.
Japanese investment in Kentucky has become widespread with 154
facilities employing nearly 40,000 people in 40 communities, the
governor's office said before the trip, citing a recent report.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2008 at 09:03 AM
    Why not give these same incentives to American companies to come to Kentucky? Governor Beshear needs to consider one question; what happens if these Japanese companies indeed do locate in Kentucky and want more incentives to actually stay? If they don't get what they want we will have yet more buildings sitting empty and becoming an eyesore as they slowly deteoriate.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    More jobs are a good thing. But I think the governor needs to look and see how these people are going to be able to afford to get to work with continued rising fuel costs. I know, maybe the employers could start sending out shuttles and picking up their employees and take them home as well.
  • by Working Poor Location: KY on Jun 17, 2008 at 07:10 AM
    I, too, have worked for one of these Japanese companies. They work people like dogs, wait for you to get hurt to where they have to give yo light duty, then once you are released from light duty, they find a way to fire you. They are against unions to protect the workers, threatening to close down if a union is brought in. Yeah, give them those mighty tax breaks so they can put more of us on disability, then leave the country. Can we all say "IDIOTS"????
  • by Anonymous on Jun 17, 2008 at 04:53 AM
    From first hand experience I have seen what the Japanese companies have to offer. The incentives bring these companies here and when they are gone so is the company. What is wrong with our government? I am one person who is employed by one of these 'Japan' companies at least until September 2008. So I can attest that the company is not leaving because of a lack of profit but rather more incentives to stay. Need I say more?
  • by Diane Location: Mt. Sterling on Jun 16, 2008 at 04:50 PM
    Stephen Beshear is more likely avoiding the public criticism he will receive when Kentuckians find out he used his executive order to reinstate funding for partner benefits of homosexual state employees. He must have thought we wouldn't notice since the local news teams have ignored it. I quite frankly am disgusted by this governor who righteously talked about transparency and ethics and has so miserably fails at both.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2008 at 04:42 PM
    So glad someone can afford to travel. Glad for the jobs, but how much have we outsourced? People are losing jobs faster than we can create them.
  • by steve on Jun 16, 2008 at 03:10 PM
    It will not be in eastern ky you can bet on that.

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