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Gov. Evers Visits Wisconsin's Sister State in Japan PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 12 September 2019 15:35

tony-eversGovernor congratulates Chiba Prefecture on Hosting 2020 Olympics, Meets with Educators and Local Leaders.

CHIBA CITY, JAPAN – Gov. Tony Evers today visited Japan’s sister state of Chiba Prefecture, where he met with Gov. Kensaku Morita and the Chiba Prefectural Board of Education and toured the original Kikkoman soy sauce facility.

Gov. Evers congratulated Gov. Morita on Chiba hosting the 2020 Olympics in Chiba next July. “We share the honor you feel in achieving this global recognition, and we will be watching the Olympic Games just a little more closely because they will be taking place in our sister state,” he said.

The governor and First Lady Kathy Evers also met with the Chiba Prefectural Board of Education. As a lifelong educator, Gov. Evers said he was especially interested to learn more about the Wisconsin-Chiba Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) Program, which recruits Wisconsin residents or graduates from Wisconsin universities to serve as assistant language teachers for at least one year in Chiba.

Students attending public schools in Japan begin English instruction in third grade and continue studying it through junior and senior high school. Japan has hired thousands of native English speakers from the U.S., the UK, England, Australia and other countries to serve as assistant language teachers. Local officials told the governor they are looking for ways to improve these efforts.

Chiba educators indicated that as in Wisconsin, they are facing the challenge of preparing their students for a global economy and increasing diversity in their own country. Although Japan has traditionally been relatively homogeneous culturally and linguistically, local school officials said the number of students whose primary language is not Japanese is growing—a change that is prompting the schools to find new ways to meet the students’ needs and to keep their parents informed.

Gov. Evers highlighted the Wisconsin Language Roadmap Initiative, which aims to ensure students at all levels become proficient in at least one language other than English.

“Wisconsin’s next generation must be able to engage across linguistic, cultural and national boundaries in order to meet the demands of the global economy,” he said.

Gov. Evers also met with members of the Chiba-Wisconsin Association, which helps to maintain the sister city relationship in Japan. The two states will celebrate their 30th anniversary with events in Wisconsin, which also hosted the 20th and 25th anniversary celebrations.

The governor ended the day with a visit to the Kikkoman Corp. headquarters in Noda, where he toured the company’s original soy sauce brewery.

Kikkoman was the first Japanese firm to establish a manufacturing operation in Wisconsin when it opened its soy sauce brewery in Walworth. The Wisconsin facility, which employs more than 200, is now responsible for about half of the company’s global production of soy sauce. The company also operates Kikkoman R&D Laboratory Inc., which is located in the University Research Park in Madison.

“In 1973, Kikkoman decided to build its first overseas plant in Walworth, Wisconsin. Little did anyone know at the time that in doing so, Kikkoman was transforming the palate of American tastes. Today, having soy sauce with a meal is as common as ketchup, and Japanese food is as familiar to us as hamburgers and hot dogs,” Gov. Evers said.

Kikkoman Chairman Yuzaburo Mogi said the company chose Wisconsin almost 50 years ago “because of the people. They share many values of the people of Japan. Also, Wisconsin was an ideal location because of its clean water and clean air and its central location to our North American markets. The support and help we received from then Gov. Lucey and the Wisconsin Department of Commerce were additional factors in our decision.”

The governor is leading a 28-member delegation that includes 13 business leaders from nine Wisconsin companies. The trade mission concludes on Sept. 14.

House votes to block drilling in Arctic refuge PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 12 September 2019 12:18

arctic-tundraWASHINGTON, D.C. - The House on Thursday passed legislation that would block drilling along the shoreline of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

Wall Street ends volatile month in major test for Trump PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Hill Press   
Saturday, 31 August 2019 16:14

trump-tariffsTumultuous month for global economy spurred wave of volatility in financial markets.

Last Updated on Saturday, 31 August 2019 16:54
State Senator, Mothers Against Gun Violence Support Preparedness PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats   
Friday, 30 August 2019 10:21

sandy-hook-motherMilwaukee's Sen. Lena Taylor and Mothers Against Gun Violence Partner to Educate during National Life Insurance Month.

Beaver Dam Commerce Park Ready for Development PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Friday, 30 August 2019 09:54

beaver-dam-parkIndustrial site is latest addition to Certified In Wisconsin® program.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 August 2019 10:13
Clergy Abuse Survivors Call on Feds to Investigate Former Franciscan Monk PDF Print E-mail
Written by Peter Isely, Founding Member, SNAP   
Thursday, 29 August 2019 17:00

franciscan-friars-SNAP says he and his religious order transported children across state lines to sexually assault them. Cleric taught in Green Bay grade school from 1999-2014 after being accused of child sex crimes in Mississippi.

Evers Opposes USDA Plan to Boot Kids, Farmers, Families From Food Assistance PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Thursday, 29 August 2019 14:16

farm-family-dinnerWisconsin joins 16 other states voicing opposition to proposal to essentially eliminate Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 August 2019 14:56
Trump officials say children of US service members overseas will not get automatic citizenship PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Hill Press   
Thursday, 29 August 2019 08:13

soldier-unitWASHINGTON, D.C. - The Trump administration said Wednesday that children born to U.S. military members and government employees working overseas will no longer automatically be considered United States citizens.

Read the developing report here

Evers Seeks Applicants for Washburn County District Attorney PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 28 August 2019 12:40

judgementNew appointee will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Angeline Winton.

MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers announced Tuesday that he is seeking applications for appointment as Washburn County District Attorney.

The new appointee will fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Washburn County District Attorney, Angeline Winton, whose resignation was effective August 19, 2019. The new appointee will serve out the remainder of the unexpired term that ends January 2021.

To apply, please email a completed application form and supporting materials to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Applications must be submitted by September 9, 2019.

The District Attorney application form is available on the “Apply to Serve” page of the Governor’s website:

For questions about the appointments process, please contact the Governor’s Office of Legal Counsel at (608) 266-1212.

DNR To Take on PFAS Contamination in Drinking, Ground and Surface Waters PDF Print E-mail
Written by GOV Press Wisconsin   
Wednesday, 28 August 2019 12:06

clean-drinking-waterGovernor calls on DNR to create enforceable science-based standards to insure access to clean drinking water.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 August 2019 12:38
Celebrating the Life of Quanita ‘Tay’ Jackson PDF Print E-mail
Written by State Senate Democrats   
Wednesday, 28 August 2019 09:21

Quanita ‘Tay’ JacksonMilwaukee neighborhood honors shooting victim.

MILWAUKEE - Quanita ‘Tay’ Jackson, 20, was fatally shot on Sunday, August 25 near Moody Park in Milwaukee. To honor the life and legacy of Ms. Jackson, a candlelight vigil was held Monday, August 26th, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 PM at COA Goldin Center at 2320 W. Burleigh Street. The Office of Violence Prevention, Milwaukee’s Trauma Response Team and mental health professionals was in attendance to offer necessary resources and support to the loved ones of Ms. Jackson.

Sen. Lena Taylor released the following statement regarding Ms. Jackson’s passing:

lena-taylor“I had the opportunity to spend time with Ms. Jackson on Saturday for the Amani/Moody Park 3 vs 3 Tournament she helped organize and I can attest that Ms. Jackson was a bright light to everyone who knew her. Tay was a community activist and a natural leader who advocated against the exact type of violence that cut her life much too short. During this time of immense pain, we will keep Tay’s spirit alive by holding her loved ones up to God, coming together as a community and celebrating the life and achievements of this extraordinary young woman.

She had a positive vision not only for herself but for her community. She participated in a variety of community programs, including Skylight Music Theatre, Fresh Empire: Non-Smoking Campaign, COA, Program The Parks MKE and TRUE Skool. Tay was a talented rapper and vocalist who used her art to spread a message of love and light. Tay has been called home, but I know her spirit and the impact she had on our city will never be forgotten. Rest in Paradise Queen Quanita Tay Jackson!”

Thank you to the organizations sponsoring the vigil: COA Goldin Center, Park People Program Milwaukee Office of Violence Prevention, Residents of the Moody Park area and the entire community.

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