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Keeping an eye on things
November 2, 2009 - Art Smith
The Hino Motors Manufacturing USA plant in Williamstown made news a few weeks ago when the state of West Virginia announced that they planned to buy 79 more of the heavy-duty trucks that are put together at the factory along WV 14.
A lot of officials attended the Oct. 16th meeting, among them governor Joe Manchin and U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, as well as President Yasuo Tanigawa of Hino Motors Manufacturing.
It was a big story for readers in our area, it made the front page of the New and Sentinel and it made the home page of our Web site.
It was also on the must read list of a small group of people more than 6,000 miles away.
NewsSentinel.com had a spike of sorts on August 18 and 19 from a small city in Japan with a name very common to people in the mid-Ohio Valley. Hino, Japan, located in the middle of the island nation, recorded 28 visits to the site.
The visits were short, averaging just 15 seconds.
If you think of the Hino family as you do your own, it’s clear what was going on. The parent company’s far flung off spring had it’s name in the newspaper and the parent wanted to read what was said about it.
Why 15 seconds? That’s about how long it would take to open the article and cut and paste it into a Japanese translation program.
Because of the Internet, getting information on anything has never been easier. Even if you want to read a newspaper 6,000 miles a way, in a different language, the same day it comes out.
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