Movie star-turned-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is hoping to
persuade the Japanese to return to America after noticing a significant dip in
visitors since the September 11 (01) terror attacks.
The TERMINATOR star is currently on a whirlwind visit to Japan, where he
hopes to persuade businessmen and tourists to consider
trips to America - and, in particular, California.
At a rally in Tokyo this weekend (13NOV04) Schwarzenegger told supporters,
"You can spend your days hiking, kayaking, biking, fishing or just hanging out
on the beach just enjoying the California sunshine."
Arnie, who is particularly interested in bringing a Toyota Prius factory
to California, later told journalists, "California is a great business
"There's a whole positive mood in California. We're stripping back all the
obstacles and all the regulations. Come on
back. California is open for business."
Japanese visitors to California, who used to make up the second highest
number of tourists to the state, have dropped by half since 9/11.