On June 2, Consul-General Takaoka joined the Iwatani Corporation of America’s new office in Houston. In the opening remarks, Mr. Nomura, CEO and President of Iwatani Corporation, and Mr. Shimasaki, CEO and President of Iwatani Corporation of America, expressed their wishes for further expansion of business with the United States, and their goal of contributing to the economic development of Houston. Consul-General Takaoka gave his congratulations, and described Iwatani Corporation of America’s relocation to Houston as a sign of the strong economic friendship that is enjoyed between Japan and Texas.
In Japan, Iwatani Corporation is a gas and energy company known for handling LPG as well as helium and hydrogen. Iwatani opened in the United States in 1968 and has been engaged in the helium business for 30 years. Based on the importation of LPG from Houston the U.S. office- which had previously been in New Jersey -was relocated to Houston this year.