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Thursday, 3rd July 2008
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Japanese PM to attend Olympic opening

The prime minister of Japan, Yasuo Fukuda, has announced he is to attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games which takes place on August 8th.

He will be flown to the ceremony in a small Air Self-Defense Force aircraft instead of a government plane in what sources claim is an effort to save fuel.

Japan Today reports that Mr Fukuda will be the first Japanese premier to attend an Olympics ceremony since Noboru Takeshita who went to the event in Seoul which opened the 1988 games.

Mr Fukuda will return home in time to attend a memorial service the next day for those who died in the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Elected leader of the Liberal Democratic Party in 2007, Mr Fukuda has emphasised the importance of improving relations with China, according to a BBC profile. He is also considered to be a foreign policy 'dove'.

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