Political Notebook

Niki Kelly

Japanese official sends present

Gov. Mitch Daniels has received an interesting gift from Japanese officials who visited Indiana last Friday to participate in a tree-planting ceremony.

Gov. Tomikazu Fukuda, the chairman of the Tochigi legislature, sent several cases of tin cans adorned with a wrapper containing Daniels' and Fukuda's picture and their respective flags.

Inside the light-weight can - which is slightly bigger than a standard soup can - is a small loaf of bread.

Last week Daniels and Fukada participated in a tree-planting ceremony in honor of Tochigi Prefecture, Indiana's sister state in Japan. The trees -- a Japanese horse chestnut and three Cedars -- sit below Daniels' Statehouse office window.