Japanese ambassador visits N.C. State Fair

Posted October 19, 2008 8:38 p.m. EDT

— Japan’s ambassador to the United States visited the N.C. State Fair on Sunday, N.C. Department of Agriculture spokesman Brian Long said.

Ichiro Fujisaki was in the state to attend an annual meeting of the Japan-U.S. Southeast Association, an organization that promotes trade and investment between Japan and the southeastern United States.

While at the fair, Fujisaki took a ride in the 13-foot-tall “Got to Be N.C. Big Cart” with state Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. The cart is used to promote state agricultural products at festivals and parades across the state.

Japan is the state’s largest export market, Long said in a press release. The country bought more than $750 million of N.C. agricultural products in 2006. It is North Carolina’s largest importer of pork and tobacco.