Earlier this month, staff from Hokusei’s home office in Toyama, Japan visited Portland. During a busy 4-day schedule, the Hokusei Japan and Hokusei North America teams attended a number of meetings with trading partners, members of the Portland business community, and the Portland Development Commission (PDC). Much of the meeting focus was on preparation for Hanshin Department Store’s “Portland Fair”, to be held from April 26 to May 2 this year. Other meetings focused on evaluating new Portland/Oregon products to potentially be exported to Japan. The Hokusei North America team looks forward to hosting its Japanese counterparts in Portland many times throughout 2017.