On September 7 and 8, the delegation headed by Honorable Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, visited Japan for the first time. Consul-General Takaoka saw Governor Perry off at the George Bush intercontinental airport on the morning of September 7.
The next day in Japan Governor Perry met with Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Yuko Obuchi, Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry and Mr. Yasuhide Nakayama, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs on the behalf of Minister Kishida, who was out of Japan at that time. Through the exchange the importance of the relationship between Japan and the US/ Texas was strengthened and Governor Perry expressed his wish to further promote the relationship in various areas including energy, manufacturing and transport.
The Japan side welcomed Governor Perry’s first visit and asked for his continuous support and cooperation for the High Speed Railway Project and LNG export project in Texas, in which Japanese companies are involved in. He also delivered a speech to the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan which comprehensively covered the promising aspects of the current relationship between Japan. (link)