Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and some other governors will meet with Japanese government and business leaders during an economic development conference in downtown Detroit.

 The 42nd Annual Midwest U.S.-Japan Association Conference begins Sunday and runs through Tuesday.

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Granholm says in a release that the conference renews Michigan’s ties with Japan and strengthens partnerships in job creation, cultural relationships and environmental protection.

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The Japanese ambassador to the U.S. and top officials with Michigan-based alternative energy companies are among those expected to attend.

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