Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's first day in Japan included a meeting with a trade official.
A spokesman for the governor said he talked with Hiroyuki Ishige, the chairman and CEO of the Japan External Trade Organization. The group works to promote trade and investment. Bentley gave him a pen crafted from a dogwood tree downed by the April 2011 tornado in Tuscaloosa.
Gov. Robert Bentley and other state officials are traveling to Japan on a trade mission.
The governor's office says the delegation will depart Sunday for a five-day visit in hopes of bringing more jobs to the state and strengthening ties with Japanese companies already operating in Alabama.
In Japan the group will meet with executives from companies including Honda and Toyota, which have large factories that employ thousands in Alabama.