Hodgman spruiking Tasmania to Asia

PREMIER Will Hodgman will today fly to Tokyo from Beijing to hold a series of forestry meetings with customers from Japan.

On his second day of the week-long trade mission, Mr Hodgman yesterday joined Prime Minister Tony Abbott and other state premiers in Shanghai to meet China-based Australian business representatives.

Mr Hodgman later met with Chinese business representatives and attended an Australia Week gala lunch.

He has so far spruiked Tasmania's apples, abalone and tertiary education.

Also on the itinerary for China was a meeting with mining industry representatives, and the Polar Research Institute of China.

The Premier then travelled to Beijing to meet with Chinese government representatives.

Mr Hodgman will now spend until Tuesday holding forestry meetings in Tokyo before returning to the state on Wednesday.

It is understood he will be promoting the state's timber products to Japanese customers, as well as aquaculture and agriculture.

Few details of the Premier's trade mission have been released.

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