Gov. Perdue starts trip to Asia

RALEIGH The countries are North Carolina's second and fourth-largest trading partners.

The 12-day trip begins Thursday. Perdue will arrive in Tokyo Friday in advance of a meeting that promotes commerce among eight southeastern states and Japan.

Next week she will travel to Beijing and then to Shanghai, visiting businesses and meeting trade and government officials. In between those visits she will stop at schools.

The state will pay about $77,000 for Perdue, Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, four of their staff members and security. Corporations and economic development booster groups will pay $95,000 for business-related events.

Perdue's husband, Bob Eaves, also will travel but the state will not pick up his expenses.

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