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Walz to travel to Japan, South Korea

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Then-U.S. Rep. Tim Walz takes questions after declaring his candidacy for governor inside the State Office Building in St. Paul in June 2018. Gov. Walz will be on his first international trip since he took office in January.
Bakst, Brian

Gov. Tim Walz will travel to Japan and South Korea next month in his first international trip since taking office in January.

The trip “aims to promote Minnesota businesses and bolster economic partnerships worldwide,” an announcement from the governor’s office said.

Walz will attend the Midwest U.S. Japan Association Conference in Tokyo from Sept. 7-10. The event brings together officials from Japan and the governors of Midwestern states to discuss economic partnerships. 

Walz will be joined by the governors of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Representatives of the Minnesota Trade Office will travel with Walz.

In announcing the trip, the governor’s office noted that Minnesota is currently home to 35 Japanese-based companies.

Following the Tokyo conference, Walz will travel to Seoul, South Korea for a one-day stop to also discuss economic partnerships.