DECATUR, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is set to travel to Japan next month for a conference
It's the 2013 Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference. Nine states, including Illinois, are members of the association. Governors, lieutenant governors and business officials usually attend.
Quinn told reporters Tuesday in Decatur that Japan is a top customer for Illinois' soybeans. He says attending the conference is an opportunity to grow exports.
According to the conference schedule, the Chicago Democrat will give a speech at the conference that runs Sept. 7-10. Quinn's office says the governor also plans to meet with the CEO's of several Japanese companies.
Quinn traveled to Japan on a trade mission in 2011.