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Gov. Abbott in Japan meeting with Toyota execs

December 27, 2018

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is ending the year in Japan.

While the governor is mostly on a family trip, he has held official meetings with top leaders of the Toyota Motor Corporation and the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, according to his communications team.

On Wednesday, Abbott met with Toyota president and CEO Akio Toyoda. In 2017, Toyota moved its North American headquarters from California to Texas.

On Thursday Abbott held meetings with William F. Hagerty, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan.

According to Abbott’s office, Japan has become one of Texas’s biggest trading partners. In 2017 Texas exported nearly $9 billion worth of goods to Japan and over 50,000 jobs have been created in Texas through Japanese investment.

Since Saturday, Abbott has been using his Twitter account to post messages and updates about his family’s travels in Japan.

In his first post on Saturday, Abbott specifically stressed that taxpayers are not funding his trip.

“Never fear Texans. This is coming out of my pocket not yours,” he wrote.

jeremy.wallace@chron.com

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