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Haslam officials release some details of governor's Asia trip

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By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's administration has released more details of meetings in Japan and South Korea amid criticism from transparency advocates about lack of details about the seven-day trip.

The governor's office initially said Haslam was traveling to Asia on an economic development trip, but declined to elaborate, saying he was engaged in "private meetings."

Department of Economic and Community Development spokesman Clint Brewer in an email Tuesday evening said five employees from the department and a member of the governor's security detail were joining Haslam on the trip.

Brewer didn't name the cities or companies the governor was visiting, but said one aim of the trip was to discuss the establishment of airline connections with Tennessee.

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