Huckabee: Japanese Partnerships will Take Time

NOVEMBER 15, 2006 - Posted at 7:48 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Governor Huckabee says upfront incentives aren't as important in luring Japanese businesses as are finding ways to build a long-term relationship with a company. Huckabee spoke yesterday at Little Rock to a forum focused on building the state's contacts with Japan.

According to Huckabee, Japanese companies have a very keen understanding that their ultimate goal is more important than their immediate goal. He said that, when you're dealing with a Japanese company, you're not dealing with a company that's looking to make a quick profit and to pull out of a marketplace -- you're looking at a company that's looking for a long-term relationship.

Huckabee has himself focused in recent years on trying to attract Japanese automakers to the state. He said Japanese companies approach a partner with an extraordinary sense of integrity and honor. As he put it, ``Their yes means yes and their no means no.''

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