On December 18, Consul General Takeuchi paid a courtesy visit to Ms. Pamela Evette, Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina. Consul General Takeuchi expressed his commitment to promoting the strong ongoing Japanese investment in South Carolina and also in furthering the Japan-South Carolina relationship as a whole, including through cultural exchanges. Lt. Governor Evette stated in her reply that she looks forward to working with Japan as South Carolina seeks more foreign investment from abroad.
On the same day, Consul General Takeuchi met with Mr. Robert Hitt, Secretary of Commerce of South Carolina. During their meeting, they discussed ways in which the Japan-South Carolina economic relationship can be strengthened.