“A delegation of elected officials from Thurston County and Washington leaves for Japan Thursday.
Washington has a sister-state relationship dating back more than 50 years with Hyogo Prefecture in Japan, where Olympia’s sister city of Kato is located.
State Sen. Karen Fraser said the group of more than 20 includes Olympia City Council members Cheryl Selby and Nathaniel Jones, Thurston County Commissioner Sandra Romero and county Auditor Mary Hall, as well as Fraser and two fellow Senate Democrats, Steve Hobbs of Lake Stevens and John McCoy of Tulalip.
Fraser said travelers would pay for their own trip expenses,” quoting Jordan Schrader, Tacoma News Tribune.
– “Inslee to lead trade mission to Korea, Japan”
“Gov. Jay Inslee will kick-off a 9-day trade mission to Korea and Japan on August 28, accompanied by Derek Sandison, Director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture, and Brian Bonlender, Commerce Director.
Joined by about 60 leaders from the business, economic development, education and local government communities, the Washington delegation will focus on promoting exports and investment in our state’s agriculture, aerospace, advanced manufacturing and technology industry sectors.
‘Washington state’s trade and cultural ties with Japan and Korea run deep, and I look forward to strengthening these important relationships,’ Inslee said. ‘As their economies thrive, consumers and businesses in Korea and Japan open up new demand and markets for the quality products from Washington. That expansion creates economic activity and jobs throughout our state,'” quoting Gov. Inslee’s official Press Release.