The Island and seafood loving nation of Japan imported nearly $540 million worth of Alaskan Seafood in 2009. Thus making it the largest international market for Alaska. A delegation of Alaska natural resouces recently visited Japan to discuss its interest in natural minerals and metals, Japan already owns a mine in Alaska and looks to it for supplying its mineral needs. While the delegation was there they also meet with seafood buyers at the Japan international seafood and technology expo. This is one of the largest seafood shows in the World. Alaskan seafood stands for quality and sustainability and indeed has a global appeal.