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Governor Ige Heads to South Korea, Japan

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Between Nov. 3 and Nov. 12, Governor David Ige will traveling to Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo, Japan.

On the governor’s first trip to South Korea, he will participate in informal briefings and events, as well as meet with various Korean ministries and officials to promote Korea-Hawai’i relationships, cooperation, and economic development.

Among the items on the schedule are a visit to the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning and the Sihwa Lake Tidal Power Station to explore the potential for energy cooperation.

Exchanges in education, culture, and tourism will also be explored as Governor Ige visits Seoul National University, Inha University, the Korea Tourism Organization, and Incheon International Airport Corp.


During his visit to Japan, Governor Ige will attend the United States-Japan Council’s 2015 Annual Conference which convenes each fall to explore cutting-edge topics that provide opportunities for growth and cooperation between the U.S. and Japan. As the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II fall this year, the conference will highlight the important of the enduring partnership of the two countries.

Governor Ige will be joined by First Lady Dawn Ige and Protocol Officer Rob Lee on the Korean portion of the trip, which will cost $8,286.71. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea is covering the cost of the trip.

Joining Governor Ige on the Japan portion of the trip will be Chief of Staff Mike McCartney and First Lady Dawn Ige. The trip costs approximately $5,000.34 and will be covered by the state. First Lady Dawn Ige will pay for her portion of the trip at her own expense.


While Governor Ige is away, Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui will serve as acting governor.

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