Masaya Shiraishi / Omaha Branch, Marubeni America Corporation
With a sister city relationship to Shizuoka City, Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska, which is located approximately in the center of the United States. In terms of location, Omaha is at 41°15′north latitude, which is approximately equivalent to the northernmost prefecture on the main island of Japan—Aomori Prefecture—and the climate in Omaha is about the same as the climate of Hokkaido. Located along the Missouri river and an established hub for railroad companies, Omaha has long been famous as a prominent trading city of the American Midwest.
The American country town, Omaha is an extremely compact city (40th largest in the nation), with a population of some 438,000 (approximately 1.8 million in the state of Nebraska, 38th in the nation). Of course farming is the main industry, with nationally renowned corn and beef. In fact, the nickname for the University of Nebraska is the Corn Huskers, and the indoor football team is simply called the Omaha Beef.
Now that I have discussed population, the next thing I would like to tell you about is the bovulation. The bovine population of the state of Nebraska is about 6.3 million head of cattle, of which about 2.5 million are commercial cattle raised to produce beef (both figures rank second in the nation)—greatly outnumbering the human population! Omaha, Nebraska is synonymous with excellent beef in the beef industry, as the beef from the high-quality-corn-fed cattle raised here is widely regarded as the best in the nation.
Before I get carried away and devote this entire article to touting beef, let me return to my main point of introducing Omaha. Besides beef, other key words in talking about Omaha include: (1) Warren Buffet—the sage of Omaha (Berkshire Hathaway) (2) Union Pacific (the largest railroad company in the nation) and (3) the College World Series. A world-renowned investor, Mr. Buffet still lives a simple life based in Omaha today. People come from all over the world—Bill Gates among them—to learn about Mr. Buffet’s investment plans at the Berkshire Hathaway general meeting of stockholders held in Omaha every year. If you are planning to visit Omaha, be sure to consider that the city is filled with visitors during both the general shareholders meeting and the College World Series.
Lastly, they say that the Midwest is known as the heartland of the U.S. because it is located in the center of the country, and in the atmosphere of the good old days that remains here—as the Midwestern people are deeply proud of their homeland, they are always positive and cheerful, and they are always eager to lend a hand—there is much that we can learn. So, I will continue to enjoy the heartland of the U.S., as I do my best not to eat too much beef.