Gov. Pat Quinn is heading to Japan to promote investment in Illinois. Quinn is going to the annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference, where he will speak with Japanese business leaders. He'll be joined by governors from Iowa, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin. Quinn says Japan has ``deep roots'' in Illinois and is one of the largest export markets for Illinois products. He says the country is the second-largest source of foreign direct investment in the state, after the United Kingdom. Japanese-owned companies employ more than 53,000 Illinois workers. The Chicago Democrat says previous trips have led to companies expanding to Illinois. They include the pharmaceutical firm Astellas, which built a new corporate headquarters for the Americas in the Chicago suburb of Glenview last year.
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