Taking place in Omaha this week is the Midwest U.S. – Japan Association (MWJA) 50th Annual Conference. Among the attendees, was Dvorak Law Group. Represented by the firm were Seth Moen, partner, and Jesse Harding Campbell, communications director. Business leaders meet yearly to discuss economic relations between the American Midwest and Japan, says the MWJA. The Association is comprised of ten member States including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin. At this year’s conference, over 400 U.S. and Japanese delegates attended. By attending the Midwest U.S. – Japan Association Annual Conference, it allows Dvorak Law Group to form and grow valuable relationships. This includes not only companies, but also, individuals throughout Nebraska, the Midwest, and Japan. It also presents a valuable opportunity to enhance the firm’s knowledge of the business and trade climate with Japan. As a result, it assists our clients who are looking to, or already, trade/do business in Japan.

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Trade and business relations with Japan are important for both the Midwest and Nebraska. Governor Pete Ricketts’ office said, “Nebraska and Japan share their own success story, with Japan being the second-largest importer of Nebraska products, outside of North America, and the third-largest agricultural export market overall. Nebraska’s exports to Japan topped $1.03 billion in 2016, while beef and pork exports to Japan increased by 26 percent and 46 percent, respectively.” Speakers at the 50th  Midwest U.S. – Japan Association Annual Conference included McKinney, U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs; Ambassador Gregg Doud, Chief Agricultural Negotiator with the U.S. Trade Reprehensive; Kawasaki; J.P. Morgan and Co.; Toyota Motor North America; Preferred Popcorn; and even more. Dvorak Law Group attends several international events, such as Lisbon and China. Learn more about MWJA by clicking here.