The Union County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and business showcase will take place Friday, March 2, at the Marysville Armory.

The Union County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner and business showcase will take place Friday, March 2, at the Marysville Armory.

The 2012 theme is "Land of the Rising Sun," in salute to Union County's 35-year relationship with Japan and honoring the bonds that have been forged with Honda and the many ancillary businesses that are an outgrowth of Honda's presence in the county.

The featured speaker will be Kuninori Matsuda, consul general of Japan. A graduate of Tokyo University, Matsuda received his present appointment in 2010. Following this graduation, he joined the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has also served Japan as director of overseas public relations, director of Russian affairs, and minister of the Japanese embassy in Israel.

His address will focus on the importance of the Japanese-American relationship in Union County and the Midwest.

Eric Phillips, the chamber's executive director and CEO, will review Union County's economic development accomplishments and share his perspective on the chamber's goals and objectives for 2012.

The annual awards ceremony will recognize the recipients of the small and large businesses of the year awards and the outstanding business leader of the year Award.

Entertainment will be provided by the Dublin Taiko Group of Japanese drummers, the Matsuda Duo, Japanese Calligraphy (Shuji), caricatures by the Fun Factory.

Live and silent auctions will also be held.

The Union County Business Showcase will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. The new addition is an opportunity for large and small businesses to display their products and services.

In March 2011, Japan experienced a national tragedy that affected the lives of thousands.

During the annual dinner, the chamber will honor the nation of Japan and show its solidarity with a special tribute and presenta-tion.

For additional information, call( 937) 642-6279 or visit http://www.unioncounty.org/annual-dinner.