Kentucky has a new economic development representative in Japan. The new point person is Hiraku Tamura, a Tokyo native with nearly four decades of international business experience. He last served as president of a Japanese logistics service company. Tamura replaces Jiro Hashimoto, who announced his retirement in June after 28 years of service to the Commonwealth.
During his tenure, more than 150 Japanese companies located to the state, resulting in 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 relationships with European companies. Nearly 100 foreign companies have located facilities in the Bluegrass State in the last decade.