The Chamber’s Economic Development team traveled to Japan this month for the 41st Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S.-Japan Association (SEUS). This prestigious gathering of global business leaders celebrates longstanding economic and cultural ties and offers delegates from Japan and seven southeastern U.S. member states the opportunity to delve into global issues with new perspective and to connect with peers and leaders around the world.
During our team’s time in Japan, they were also able to meet with counterparts at the Osaka Chamber of Commerce to present the benefits of doing business in Memphis and the strength of our city’s Japanese culture to a group of more than 50 business leaders. From company headquarters to professionals who have found their careers here, Memphis has a strong Japanese presence, and we were happy to join several local partners traveling with us to share our city’s many assets.
Japan is the top international investor in the United States with $20 billion invested and 37,000 American jobs created since 2016, including $170 million in the Nissan facility near Nashville.
The Southeast U.S.-Japan Association (SEUS Japan) was established in 1976 to promote trade, investment, understanding and friendship between Japan and Southeast U.S. member states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee).