Gov. Scott meets with Japanese Foreign Minister to discuss high-speed rail

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By: News Email

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.

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  • by Clinchfield Location: Jacksonville on Jan 13, 2011 at 04:28 AM
    Amtrak's Silver Star that covers the same route had record ridership last year. Why build something that competes with a success that does not cost Florida one red cent ?
  • by DaleH Location: Dallas on Jan 11, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    Cars and roads are the most wasteful form of transportation known to man. We need high-speed trains and we need them now. Expanding highways costs hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars per mile. High-speed rail is much more cost-effective in the long run.
  • by Pat Location: Florida on Jan 11, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    Grover, you said other countries like Europe understand that trains produce economic growth. Just the opposite. Look at Spain. They are on the verge of economic collapse. The fast choo choo wasnt' helping them. Quite the contrary, it is a drag on the economy.
  • by grover Location: Illinois on Jan 9, 2011 at 03:48 PM
    High-Speed rail lines are very expensive to start with, but they produce economic growth and development for many years to come. Other countries in Asia and Europe seem to understand that. The US is not a poor country, but our leaders often act like we are! If we expect job growth, we have to attract major employers by investing in infrastructure and schools.
  • by string Location: Panama on Jan 9, 2011 at 03:41 PM
    The state of Florida dose not need a rail that is going to wast tax payer money's for years to come.
  • by P BROWNE Location: tampa on Jan 9, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    Gov Scott better hide his rabid hatred for the tampa orlando line if he is going to impress foreign business leaders who are all aware of the benefits high quality rail networks are to the economy. Otherwise they will think he is an that moron Scott Walker in Wisconsin.
  • by mike Location: panama city on Jan 9, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    we need some new ideas go man go
  • by DAVE Location: PCB on Jan 9, 2011 at 04:20 AM
    Just what we need,a cho cho for them to play with.
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