Granholm headed to Japan

LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is headed to Japan this weekend on a business recruitment trip.

The governor's itinerary includes meeting with Japanese business executives who are considering Michigan as a potential location for their alternative energy projects. Her office says the governor will tout the state's success in landing U.S. renewable fuel and alternative energy companies as well as international firms looking for a U.S. presence. But it's not known if she's expected to seal any deals to bring new jobs to Michigan.

On Monday, Granholm - along with Governors Mitch Daniels of Indiana and Jim Doyle of Wisconsin -- will address a conference of Midwestern and Japanese business and government leaders meeting in Tokyo. She will invite the participants in the Tokyo conference to visit Detroit next year, when the city hosts the Japan-Midwest-U-S Association.

This is the governor's fourth trade trip to Japan.