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Gov. Scott Walker to attend trade conference in Japan

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker will represent Wisconsin at a trade conference in Tokyo next week. 

The governor's office said Thursday that Walker will attend the Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference which goes from Sunday through Tuesday. 

Walker says his goal will be to establish trade ties between the Badger State and Japanese companies and investors. 

Japanese firms are the 5th-largest international customer of Wisconsin products. Japan is Number 1 in buying medical and scientific instruments made in the state. 

Walker will be joined at the conference by the head of the state's Economic Development Corporation, Reed Hall. 

The Midwest U.S.-Japan Association is made up of nine states in America's heartland. 

The meeting comes just a few months after Walker led businesses and state government specialists on a trade mission to China. That was Walker's first trade mission after over two years into his term.