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Three California senators heading to Japan

Three California state senators are traveling to Japan this week to meet with Japanese officials and study the country’s approach to transportation, environmental policy and earthquake preparedness.

The delegation includes Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León, Senate Republican leader Bob Huff and Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson. The senators are paying for the trip themselves, said a spokeswoman for de León, and are scheduled to be gone from Thursday through April 4.

High speed rail will be one focus of the trip, including learning how the Japanese developed the infrastructure and safety mechanisms for their rail system, said Jackson, a Democrat from Santa Barbara.

“They’ve really figured out how to do it right,” she said.

Senators also plan to talk to Japanese officials about technology that promotes seismic safety, Jackson said, and hope to learn about the country’s use of solar power to combat climate change.

Call Laurel Rosenhall, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 321-1083. Follow her on Twitter @LaurelRosenhall.

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