Japan is North Dakota's eighth largest export Market--and for the first time Japanese ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki visited the state to talk about the growing trade opportunities.
Fujisaki had lunch with Governor jack Dalrymple Tuesday at the capitol.
North Dakota merchandise exports to Japan have more than doubled since 2000. Some exports to Japan include mustard seed--soybeans and tractors. North Dakota supplies almost 65 percent of soybeans used by Japan's natto soybean food industry.
The ambassador also discussed the importance of sharing the culture of Japan with the United States.
<<(Ambassador Fujisaki/Japanese Ambassador to the United States)"One thing important in culture is not only these traditional things but the collaboration of cultural heritage and the new modern technology.">>
The Ambassador will leave Bismarck to visit with Japanese students attending UND in Grand Forks.