2 day trade mission tied to new non-stop Japan flight

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The new direct flight between Denver and Tokyo may open international trade doors.

On Thursday night a reception at the U.S. Embassy in Japan sought to build relationships with the ultimate goal to get Denver and Tokyo excited about each other.

Visit Denver CEO Richard Scharf said, "What we're trying to do is promote more travel, fill those planes. So we're really using right now obviously the hype of the non-stop."

According to U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos, "It's an amazing place for tourists. It's an amazing place to do business. It's the third biggest economy in the world, and it's our most important ally in the Asian-Pacific region."

The Tokyo meetings are focused on energy and Japan's bid for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Participating in the trade mission Denver's Mayor Hancock shared the following thoughts, "We actually have some companies that are here in Japan. They're Japanese companies that are already in Denver, or the Denver area, and they're expanding and they recognize it's a real opportunity for them to continue to concentrate their North American operations. And then there are some companies that are looking to expand, or at least open up North American headquarters, and Denver's one of the candidates."

Mayor Hancock and the delegation will next visit Seoul, South Korea. The group feels the new non-stop flight is a gateway to all of Asia, not just Japan.

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