Another 2,000 Mississippians work for Yokohama Tire in West Point and more than 6,000 are employed by Nissan's Canton plant, but those don't cover all the suppliers that are associated with the plants.
The Governor and other state officials went to an automotive show while in Japan.
"As we went from booth to booth, there were so many that we could associate with," noted Bryant. "They knew Mississippi. They were aware of the Nissan-Toyota. The only state that has a Nissan and Toyota plant in it."
Bryant says these kinds of trade missions have proven successful in the past.
"The last time I was in Japan, we came home with a Yokohama tire plant," he explained.
So will it mean new jobs this go-around?
"We know it will," assured Bryant.
At the start of 2018, Toyota and Mazda chose Alabama for a $1.6 billion car plant. Bryant says Mississippi is primed and ready to take advantage of new business related to that plant.
"We knew not only some of our workers along the state border would have an opportunity there," added Bryant. "But the supply companies that we see here in Mississippi are going to have to increase their employees to provide the demand that is in our neighboring state of Alabama.
The Governor's trip wasn't solely focused on the auto industry. He also met with the Commander of the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet. Bryant believes there could be new opportunities for more ships to be built on the coast at Ingalls in Pascagoula.