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Dayton's first trade mission takes him to Japan, S. Korea

Mark Dayton is heading to Japan and South Korea in his first trade mission as governor. His schedule includes plenty of meetings with company executives and trade officials. He'll also visit with Minnesota soldiers and even take in a sumo wrestling tournament.
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Mark Dayton is heading to Japan and South Korea in his first trade mission as governor. His schedule includes plenty of meetings with company executives and trade officials. He'll also visit with Minnesota soldiers and even take in a sumo wrestling tournament.

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