Gov Abbott visits Japan, meets with Toyota executives

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Governor Greg Abbott is nearing the end of his business trip to Asia, and he is making a stop in Japan after previous stops in Taiwan and South Korea.

Governor Abbott met with Toyota Motor Corporation executives and suppliers and toured the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology in Nagoya on Wednesday.

“Texas has been the proud home of Toyota manufacturing facilities for over two decades,” said Governor Abbott. “Our partnership with the global powerhouse, Toyota, has played a critical role in strengthening our mighty economy and bringing good-paying jobs to hardworking Texans.

Toyota Motor Corporation is a multinational automotive manufacturer and one of the largest in the world.

Toyota’s San Antonio truck assembly plant, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, employs more than 2,600 team members who produced 181,872 vehicles in 2023 in a $3.1 billion facility that covers 2.5 million square feet. In June, Toyota Texas announced a new $531 million investment to expand their manufacturing facility in San Antonio that will create over 400 jobs in the region.

Toyota’s North American headquarters are in Plano, Texas, home to 6,600 employees in marketing, sales, engineering, and manufacturing on the state-of-the-art $1 billion campus.

Fact: Japan leads all nations for the number of jobs created by foreign direct investment projects in Texas over the last decade. Over the past 10 full years through 2023, companies from Japan have invested $10.87 billion in 129 projects creating more than 20,000 jobs in Texas.

In the first five months of 2024, Japanese companies have invested $1.47 billion in six additional projects expected to create more than 520 new jobs in Texas. Texas trade with Japan totaled $31.2 billion in 2023, making Japan the fifth-largest total trade partner with Texas.

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