Trans-Orient Petroleum Announces Annual and Special Meeting Results

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Trans-Orient Petroleum Ltd. (TSX-V: TOZ and
OTCBB: TOPLF) announces that on January 23, 2009, the shareholders elected
Messrs Garth Johnson, Alex Guidi, Michael Hart and Ronald Bertuzzi to the
Board of Directors at its annual and special meeting.
    More than 21.5 million votes were received out of an eligible 36.5
million shares with 99.5% of shares voted, done so in favour of all directors,
for the appointment of the Company's auditors and to approve the Company's 10%
rolling share option plan.
    Trans-Orient CEO, Garth Johnson, said "I would like to thank our
shareholders for their tremendous voting response and show of support at this
year's annual and special meeting. Trans-Orient remains well capitalized to
conduct our exploration operations for the foreseeable future and we look
forward to an exciting year."

    About Trans-Orient:
    Trans-Orient Petroleum Ltd. is a Canadian-based company that controls a
100% interest in 2.2 million acres in the lightly explored East Coast Basin of
New Zealand. This high-potential oil and gas frontier encompasses a number of
significant conventional prospects as well as unconventional prospects
targeting world-class fractured shale oil-and-gas source-rock formations.

    Forward-Looking Statements:

    This release includes certain statements that may be deemed to be
"forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable legislation.
Other than statements of historical fact, all statements in this release
addressing future operations, undiscovered hydrocarbon resource potential,
exploration, potential reservoirs, prospects, leads and other contingencies
are forward-looking statements. Although management believes the expectations
expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable
assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance, and
actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking
statements due to factors such as market prices, farm-outs, relinquishments,
exploration successes, continued availability of capital and financing, and
general economic, market, political or business conditions. Please see our
public filings at for further information.

    The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed, and does not accept
    responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of the content of this news

For further information:

For further information: Garth Johnson, CEO, (604) 682-6496,

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