ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is off on a nine-day trade mission to South Korea that also includes several stops in Japan.

Dayton left Friday en route to Japan, where he’ll stop in Tokyo to attend the Midwest-U.S. Japan Association Conference. Minnesota is hosting that meeting next year. He’ll also promote Minnesota trade and investment at meetings in Kyoto and Osaka.

After that Dayton will meet up in Seoul, South Korea, with the 24-member Minnesota delegation that includes business, agricultural and academic leaders. It’s Minnesota’s first trade mission to South Korea, which is the state’s sixth-largest export market.

This is the Democratic governor’s first trade mission. His predecessors Jesse Ventura and Tim Pawlenty both made regular foreign trade missions.

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Comments (4)
  1. Lol says:

    Maybe he will wander into North Korea while he is there?

  2. The fool says:

    Yup, It would be there loss and our gain

  3. JOHN says:

    I believe he should stay at home and promote Minnesota to get major ,MAJOR companies to relocate here to replace the jobs which have left to go to other states as it is time that this atate and govt got rid of its smungness becasuse this state is getting clobbered people need work and not UNION shouting better to lhave a paycheck as the south is gaining them all

    1. Jim says:

      “not UNION shouting better to lhave a paycheck as the south is gaining them all”

      Say what?

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