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Johnson sponsors resolution to assist Japan’s economy and workers during disaster

Friday April 1, 2011

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

Faced with recovering after an earthquake, tsunami and problems with several nuclear reactors, Councilman Dan Johnson (D-21) is sponsoring a resolution to help the Japanese economy as the country begins to rebuild.

“The Japanese and the Commonwealth of Kentucky have a strong partnership in manufacturing and this resolution encourages local and state leaders to assist where every we can to help keep their economy going,” says Johnson.

The resolution notes Japan’s skilled workforce while pointing out the international community already established in Metro Louisville. There is also the UPS shipping hub at the Louisville International Airport.

“Working with the Japanese, we should pursue opportunities for them to relocate manufacturing here in areas such as electronics and automobiles during the interim,” says Johnson.”The Japanese economy and the American economy are intertwined and each depends on the health and well being of the other.”

Johnson notes the Japanese will need financial resources as the country begins the long process of rebuilding homes and towns devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.

“Metro Louisville has many times shown that it can help and assist people around the world when tragedy strikes,” says Johnson. “I see this as an opportunity for two countries to work together for the good of the citizens of both.”

For more information about the resolution, contact Councilman Johnson’s office at 574-1121.

Dan Johnson (D) 21