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Tomblin to Lead Trade Delegation to Japan


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is heading to Japan this week.

A trade delegation led by Tomblin is scheduled to leave on Tuesday to seek new business investments for West Virginia and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the state’s development office in Nagoya. The 10-day trip includes stops in Nagoya, Yokohama and Tokyo.

Former Gov. Gaston Caperton will be among the 15-member trade delegation. The Nagoya office opened during Caperton’s administration.

Nineteen Japanese companies have established operations in West Virginia since the development office opened.

Tomblin has invited state residents to ask questions that he plans to answer with short video messages from Japan. Questions can be submitted at .