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Thursday, 18th November 2010
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Japan to attend Nobel peace award ceremony

Japan has confirmed that it will send representatives to the forthcoming Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo.

Liu Xiaobo is to be honoured on December 10th and Chinese officials had urged Japan to boycott the ceremony.

However, Japanese government spokesman Yoshito Sengoku has confirmed that it will send an envoy even if this further sours relationships between the two countries.

"I have heard from the foreign ministry it has sent notification that our ambassador in Norway will attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony," said Mr Sengoku.

A number of other countries are planning to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to show their support for the Chinese dissident who is currently serving an 11-year sentence.

Meanwhile, Nobel Institute director Geir Lundestad has confirmed that it is increasingly likely that no one from Mr Xiaobo's family will be able to travel to Norway from China to collect the prize.

Written by Susan Ballion.

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