Extending the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Government of Japan and the State of Washington on Economic and Trade Relations

On June 29, 2022 (Pacific Time), the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) on Economic and Trade Relations between Japan and Washington State was extended by Japan’s Ambassador to the U.S. TOMITA Koji and Governor Jay Inslee in a signing ceremony at Toray Composite Materials’ manufacturing plant in Tacoma.

Governor Inslee and Ambassador Tomita signing the MOC
(Photo courtesy of Office of Governor Inslee)

Holding the signed MOC (From Left: Chief of Staff Jamila Thomas, Governor Inslee, Ambassador Tomita, Consul General Inagaki)
Photo courtesy of Office of Governor Inslee)

The MOC, first signed in June 2016 and extended for four years in June 2018, established a formal framework for coordination between Japan and Washington to further support economic activities in 10 strategic areas: climate change, clean energy, aerospace, life sciences, information and communication technologies, agriculture and value-added forest products, disaster risk reduction, distribution and logistics, academic cooperation, and trade and investment.

The renewal signed today extends cooperation under the MOC for four more years, further advancing the strong economic partnership between Japan and Washington State.

The full text of the Memorandum of Corporation can be found here (in English), (in Japanese)

Governor Inslee, Ambassador Tomita and Consul General Inagaki engage in casual conversation after the signing
(Photo courtesy of Office of Governor Inslee) 

Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. manufactures high-quality carbon-fiber composite materials used by the aerospace industry, including in the Boeing 787, and sports and recreation, industrial, and automotive industries. Toray also helps meet sustainability goals such as by making airframe structures and blades of wind power turbines lighter and stronger. Toray’s Tacoma plant symbolizes the deep and extensive economic connections shared between Japan and Washington and was a fitting venue for the ceremony to sign and celebrate the renewal of the MOC in June 2022.

Group photo with employees of Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. after the signing ceremony
(Photo courtesy of Office of Governor Inslee) 

Factory tour led by the Toray Composite Materials America, Inc. CEO Dennis Frett 
(Photo courtesy of Toray Composite Materials America, Inc.)