Hewlett-Packard Vice President meets Okinawa Governor, with eye on Okinawa for business expansion in Asia

Hewlett-Packard Vice President meets Okinawa Governor, with eye on Okinawa for business expansion in Asia

On January 22 at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office, Vice President Tom Norton of the Hewlett-Packard US exchanged ideas with Governor Takeshi Onaga.


January 23, 2015

On January 22, Vice President Tom Norton of the Hewlett-Packard Company U.S. Headquarters (HP) made a courtesy call on Governor Takeshi Onaga at the Okinawa Prefectural Government Office. Vice President Norton expressed interest in finding ways to utilize international submarine cable, which connects Asia, Okinawa, and Tokyo. He indicated a willingness to expand business in Asia centering on Okinawa.

HP recognizes Okinawa as one of the major hubs along with Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Regarding the Asia-focus economic vision proposed by the Onaga administration, Norton said that Okinawa’s vision matches with the strategies of the company.

In 2014, HP Japan established an IT operation park in Ginoza Village, called “HP Okinawa Verification Center.” Using an existing submarine cable, they conduct verification experiments on security and line speed between Tokyo and Okinawa.

After the courtesy visit, Vice President Norton inspected the HP Okinawa Verification Center to seek opportunities for business expansion in Asia from Okinawa.

(English translation by T&CT and Megumi Chibana)

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