Gov. Beverly Perdue is all packed up for her second trade mission to Asia since taking office in 2009.
Perdue was slated to leave North Carolina on Saturday on her way to Beijing, China, for a week of meetings in the country with business leaders and visits to two universities that have partnerships with North Carolina schools. Perdue also plans to participate in National Governors Association meetings there.
She'll leave China next weekend for a quick trip to Tokyo for economic meetings before returning home.
State Commerce Department officials already are in China and will remain a little longer in Japan.
Perdue's office says China is North Carolina's second largest trading partner, while Japan is No. 4. The two countries combined export nearly $4 billion worth of products and services.