Colyer: Kansas to renew economic partnership with Japan

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FILE – Gov. Jeff Colyer shakes hands with representatives after speaking to a joint session of the Kansas Legislature at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

TOPEKA — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer says the state will renew its partnership with a group that strengthens economic ties between the state and Japan.

In 2012, then-Gov. Sam Brownback dropped the state’s membership in the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association, citing the $2,000 annual cost of membership.

Colyer met with association members in April and said this week that Kansas will rejoin the regional trade organization.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Japan has invested in 55 Kansas businesses with 10,000 employees. Colyer’s office said Japan is Kansas’ third-largest export market in 2017, totaling $980 million in commerce.

The Kansas Livestock Association and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce were among organizations supporting the decision to rejoin the association.

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