Grow Wabash County, JASI, NEI to host 5th Annual Japan-NE Indiana Summit

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22 Sep 2023


Wabash County, IN – Grow Wabash County is thrilled be partnering once again with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership (NEI) and the Japanese American Society of Indiana (JASI) to host the 5th Annual Japan-Northeast Indiana Summit. 

This year’s summit will be hosted at the historic Eagles Theatre in downtown Wabash on Thursday, November 9.

The Japan-Northeast Indiana Summit has been an essential aspect in helping Northeast Indiana build a strong and mutually beneficial business relationship with Japan and Japanese-based companies.  

"The Japan-Northeast Indiana Summit is the bridge that connects innovation, opportunity, and collaboration between Japanese businesses and our vibrant community,” Stéphane Frijia, CEO of NEI, said. “It's not just a summit; it's a catalyst for progress and prosperity, forging bonds that fuel economic growth and mutual understanding."

Each year, the summit features speakers on hot topics and best practices in the arena of international business as well as opportunities to build even stronger connections between our local business community and our business counterparts in Japan. Consul-General Jun Yanagi, will also attend the summit to present remarks, as has become a tradition for the Japan-Northeast Indiana Summit. 

“The key to strong business growth in Wabash County and northeast Indiana rely heavily on the relationships we are able to build with companies all over the world, especially with our business colleagues in Japan,” Keith Gillenwater, president and CEO of Grow Wabash County, said. “We are excited to once again host this event at the historic Eagles Theatre right in downtown Wabash to showcase the incredible art and culture that Wabash County and Northeast Indiana have to offer.”

A full list of speakers and a detailed agenda will be announced ahead of the event at  

The 5th Annual Japan-Northeast Indiana Summit will take place on Thursday, November 9, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Eagles Theatre, 106 W. Market Street in Wabash. Admission to this summit is free of charge, but registration is required as space is limited. 

Registration to attend and/or sponsor the annual summit can be done through Grow Wabash County at or by contacting

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