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Patrick assesses Asia trade mission

Governor Deval Patrick said that doing business in “relationship-centric” Asia turns on personal connections. He met with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (right) and others.
Governor Deval Patrick said that doing business in “relationship-centric” Asia turns on personal connections. He met with Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe (right) and others.Credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno/Reuters/Pool

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Nearly done with a 10-day trade mission to Asia, Governor Deval Patrick already presided over two deals with Massachusetts firms in Japan, and expects to lay the groundwork for more as he hits Hong Kong and Singapore.

“We think there is more that they can do, more that we can do in Hong Kong, and we are meeting with the senior-most people here to make sure that they know we are interested,” Patrick said late Thursday by phone from Hong Kong.

The governor said he has also met with an Asian Internet company about providing faster wireless connections in Massachusetts, as well as with as biotech investors.

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