Governor Rick Scott met with Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara Saturday afternoon.
Although Scott divulged little about the meeting, he did mention that he would like the Sunshine State and Japan to work together in the future to create more jobs.
"At the appropriate time I will be going to Japan. The foreign minister has invited me to Japan to uh, with business leaders to talk about how to do that and I have also invited the foreign minister back with business leaders from Japan to talk about how we can do, how Japanese companies can do more business," said Governor Scott.
Foreign Minister Maehara was more open and informative with his ideas about Florida’s partnership with his country, bringing up the advantages that a high-speed rail system has. Ren Ito translated for him.
"I sincerely hope that the state of Florida will induct the Japanese system to build a train, the high speed rail. And also with the, the more of the magnitude, I sincerely hope that with the partnership with new Governor Scott we can father and enhance the economic relationship with the state of Florida and Japan."
Maehara continued in saying that Japan would like to be a financial backer for up to 60% of Florida’s share in the system.
Governor Scott, along with the state legislature, is still not committed to funding the train.