With 21 companies employing approximately 6,615 residents, Japanese companies provide numerous jobs and opportunities to Marysville and Union County. These jobs account for approximately 24.4% of the total jobs in Union County. In addition, over the past 35 years, these companies have collectively invested nearly $5 billion dollars with Honda of America Mfg., Inc. leading the way.

Major Japanese Firms Operating in Union County:

  • Advanced Technology Products

  • Denyo North America

  • Harmony Agricultural Products

  • HL-A Company

  • Honda Engineering North America

  • Honda Marysville and Honda Marysville Motor Sports

  • Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

  • Honda North America

  • Honda R&D Americas

  • Honda Trading of America Corp.

  • KNB Tools of America, Inc.

  • KTH Parts Industries

  • Midwest Express, Inc.

  • Moriroku Technology North America

  • Neaton Auto Products Manufacturing, Inc.

  • Nissin International Transport USA, Inc.

  • NKC of America, Inc.

  • Precision Tools (Toyo)

  • Sanko Gosei Technologies USA, Inc.

  • Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.

  • Yaskawa Electric America, Inc.



Japan-America Society of Central Ohio 

The Japan-America Society of Central Ohio (JASCO) is a non-profit membership association designed to bring the Japanese and American communities together, promote goodwill through the sharing of knowledge about Japan, and provide a forum for informed discussion regarding the Japan-U.S. relationship. 

Japanese Language Arts Programs

Japanese language courses are available to students at Marysville High School, Marysville Early College High School, Bunsold Middle School, and North Union High School. Currently, enrollment exceeds 215 students, making this program one of the largest in Ohio. 

Japanese National Honor Society

Marysville High School recently established a Japanese National Honor Society (JNHS) to serve as a bridge of international understanding between the U.S. and Japan and to promote friendship between the two countries. Eligible students must be in their second year of Japanese Language Arts and maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. For more information, please contact Instructor Iya Nemastil

Marysville-Yorii Student Exchange Program

In 2014, the Marysville Exempted Village School District established a Student Exchange Program for students aged 13-15 years. The program typically sends 20 Marysville students to Japan every odd-numbered year, while the District hosts students from Japan every even-numbered year. For more information, please contact Instructor Iya Nemastil


In 2012, Kuninori Matsuda, former Consulate-General of Japan in Detroit, met with City of Marysville and Union County officials and encouraged the community to establish a relationship with a community in Japan. Such began a journey to strengthen our community’s ties with Japan. After much research and correspondence, the City of Yorii-machi was selected. In December 2013, former Marysville Mayor John Gore and former Yorii Mayor Makoto Shimada signed a Friendship Declaration agreement, setting the stage for a formal relationship. 

  • Midwest U.S. – Japan Association Meetings - Officials from the City of Marysville and Union County have attended three Midwest-U.S. Japan Conferences over the past two years. 

  • Marysville Schools Mission - In 2014, working closely with the Consulate-General’s Office, Union County received a grant from the Japan Foundation to send former Marysville High School Principal Aaron Cook to Japan.

  • Friendship Garden - In 2015, the City of Marysville completed Partners Park, which includes a Friendship Garden in honor of Yorii. The Friendship Garden was sponsored by Honda of America Mfg., Inc. and included a Japanese stone and Cherry Tree donated by the residents of Yorii. 

  • Japanese Language Arts Program - Marysville Exempted Village School District began its first Japanese Language Arts Program during the 2014-2015 school year. The City of Marysville and Union County Commissioners partnered with the District and provided start-up funding.

  • Student Exchange Program - In 2015, seven Marysville students traveled to Yorii, thus beginning the Marysville-Yorii Student Exchange Program (SEP). In August 2016, Yorii will send students to Marysville. The exchange program will continue with Marysville sending students to Japan in odd-numbered years and Yorii sending students in even-numbered years. 

  • Japanese Cultural Event - Marysville students have held two Japanese Cultural Events to raise monies for the Student Exchange Program. To assist and support these efforts, the Honda Foundation awarded a $20,000 grant in 2015. 

  • Goodwill Gift to Yorii - The Yorii Friendship Committee partnered with Honda of America Mfg., Inc., Tool Technologies, Celebrity, Quantum Technologies, Nissin International Transportation, and Marysville Schools to complete work on a 3D printed Pottersburg Covered Bridge Replica that was gifted to the residents of Yorii.