North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum is cultivating a relationship with Japanese leaders, trying to increase opportunities for the state’s farmers and ranchers. Burgum participated in the White House ceremonies for the U.S.-Japan trade agreement. That’s on top of three meetings with the Japanese ambassador over the past year. “Instead of states, Japan has prefectures; I met one governor and he had 14 million people living in his prefecture,” said Burgum. “North Dakota could have a relationship with one of these Japanese states and we could build much stronger and deeper ag exports.” Burgum is planning a trade mission to Japan in July.
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