Omaha Public Radio News
9:53 am
Wed March 12, 2008

Consul General of Japan at Chicago visits Omaha

Omaha, NE – The Consul General of Japan in Chicago visited Omaha Wednesday, and he says the alliance between his home country and the United States has reached a new pinnacle.

Kenji Shinoda spoke to business and international students at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He says it's important that the friendship between the U.S. and Japan shouldn't be taken for granted because that partnership is important to handling issues such as terrorism, economic development in Asia and climate change.

Shinoda called North Korea the biggest security risk to Japan. He says the tensions between North Korea and Japan, and between North Korea and the U.S., have made U.S.-Japan relations stronger.

He also spoke about economic investment in the Midwest and in Nebraska. In the ten state region Shinoda represents, there are 1100 Japanese businesses that employ 100,000 people. Shinoda encouraged Nebraska businesses to consider investing in Japan.