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U.S. and Japan
Statement by U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel
July 14, 2022

A new milestone today in U.S.-Japan economic and technological leadership. When the United States and Japan work together, invest together, and build together, there is nothing we can’t achieve together. Panasonic Energy’s plan to build one of the largest battery production sites for the next generation of electric vehicles in the great State of Kansas is a vote of confidence for the strength of the U.S. economy and the quality of the American workforce. Panasonic’s investment plan of up to $4 billion will create as many as 4,000 American jobs and advance our efforts to protect the environment through innovation. I could not be prouder of the Embassy team here for working with Kansas officials and Panasonic executives to facilitate this investment. I congratulate Panasonic Energy and Kansas Governor Laura Kelly for this new day.