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Japanese Investment In Houston Is Growing

According to the Japanese government, firms from that country have created more than 860,000 jobs in the U.S. through direct investment – with more than 50,000 of those jobs created in Texas.

Daikin Plant
Inside the Daikin plant in Waller County. The Japanese company makes air conditioning equipment.

Japanese companies have escalated their investment in Greater Houston. There are more than 150 Japanese affiliated companies in Houston in fields ranging from manufacturing to energy, according to the Japan-America Society of Houston.

For example, Japanese-based firm Daikin last year opened America’s second-largest air conditioner factory in Hockley, about 40 miles northwest of Houston, which will eventually employ some 4,000 people.

According to the Japanese government, Japanese firms have created more than 860,000 jobs in the U.S. through direct investment – with more than 50,000 of them in Texas – making Japan the No. 1 international job creator here.

Bill Weiland, president of the Japan-America Society of Houston, talks with us about Japan’s growing influence here ahead of the annual Japan-American Society of Houston luncheon, which will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, at 11:30 a.m.

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