KY Economic Development Rep in Japan to Retire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- Tokyo native Jiro Hashimoto is retiring after 28 years as Kentucky's economic development representative in Japan.

Gov. Steve Beshear called Hashimoto a tireless advocate for Kentuckians, crediting him with securing thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investments from Japanese companies.

Hashimoto is leaving the job at the end of June, having worked with seven Kentucky governors.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development said in a statement Monday that, during Hashimoto's tenure, more than 150 Japanese companies have come to Kentucky, employing more than 38,000 people.

Kentucky has international economic development offices in Tokyo and Hamburg, Germany.

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