Japanese ambassador gives trees to Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Japanese ambassador is giving Kentucky
20 cherry blossom trees cultivated from the trees that bloom each
spring in Washington.
Gov. Steve Beshear and Ichiro Fujisaki announced the gift Friday
in Frankfort.
Beshear's office says the trees symbolize the continued
friendship between Japan and Kentucky, where Toyota built a plant
in Georgetown in the 1980s. Kentucky exported nearly $1.2 billion
in goods to Japan in 2010.
In a release, the governor's office said the trees also
commemorate the centennial of the 1912 gift from Tokyo to
Washington of 3,000 cherry blossom trees.

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