Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell and officials from the Greater Memphis Chamber are among the Tennessee Delegation in Japan this week for the annual Southeast U.S./Japan Association meeting there.
Old timers will remember that Memphis hosted the gathering in 1996.
The trade meeting which behind the scenes is also a competition among the southeastern states for leads and a leg up in specific trade deals is part of our story in Wednesday’s paper about last weekend’s Japanese Bon Festival at the Memphis Botanic Garden and a gift of 13 cherry trees to the city of Memphis.
Luttrell and the chamber leaders were in Osaka to meet with executives of Sharp Manufacturing which was not only the first investment by a Japanese company in Shelby County but in the state of Tennessee as well.
Among the gifts presented to the Memphis delegation at Sharp were replicas of the mechanical pencils that were the first product Sharp made 100 years ago.