Walker traveling to Japan for gas conference

Gov. Bill Walker is heading to Japan to speak at a conference on the global liquefied natural gas market.

Walker spokeswoman Katie Marquette says the governor will be in Tokyo next week for the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference. While there, she says he plans to meet with prospective liquefied natural gas buyers about bringing Alaska’s gas to the global market.

Walker is listed as a keynote speaker at the conference next Wednesday.

The Walker administration has been involved in efforts to advance a proposed major liquefied natural gas project in Alaska. Walker sees the project as key to the oil dependent state’s future economic fortunes.