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Despite Japan’s prolonged economic slump, Alaska sees new business opportunities with Japan in natural resources and seafood industries, a representative of the state said in Tokyo on Wednesday.

Alaska’s exports to Japan, which has long been the state’s most important overseas trading partner, reached $1.3 billion in 2000, making up more than half of the state’s total exports. Crude oil, LNG, and seafood such as salmon and crab accounted for a major slice of the exports, said Greg Wolf, director of the state government’s division of international trade and market development.

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