NEC Exec Who ‘single-handedly' Brought Ramen Shops (and Japanese Firms) to D-FW Is Moving on

When Shinsuke Takahashi moved from California to the Dallas area in late 2012, he was disappointed that there weren't any Japanese ramen noodle restaurants here.Fast forward five years. "Now there are more than 20," Takahashi told The Dallas Morning News about the now popular Japanese gourmet dish once known as a cheap staple for college students.Economic development leaders in North Texas jokingly cite that as one of Takahashi's legacies as he turns over the CEO post at NEC Corporation of America in Irving to take on a new role representing the company in the nation's capital. Those same leaders are quick to add that Takahashi's arrival played a key role in attracting some 80 Japanese firms to Dallas-Fort Worth."Shin was instrumental in our conversations with Toyota, Kubota and OKI Data," said Sarah Carabias-Rush, vice president at the Dallas Regional Chamber, where her mandate is to recruit international firms to the region. The three Japanese corporations all moved their North American headquarters to D-FW in the last year.  Continue reading...

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