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Japanese firm to open first US office in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -- Nebraska officials say a Japanese manufacturer plans to open its first U.S. office in the state, so it can be near the Kawasaki plant that uses its railcar parts.

Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann said Tuesday that Morio Denki Co. plans to open in office in Lincoln by the end of the year.

The company will send two people to set up its Lincoln office with plans to hire more staff, but state officials say it wasn't immediately clear how many people might be hired.

Nebraska spokeswoman Jen Rae Wang says state officials who are currently on a trade mission to Japan are working to gather more details about the company's plans.

Morio Denki makes electrical equipment that's used in railroad, automotive, shipping and real estate applications.