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Friday, 20th March 2009
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Chavez to visit Japan in April

Hugo Chavez, the left-wing president of Venezuela, is to visit Japan next month to meet prime minister Taro Aso, it has been announced.

The official visit was revealed by Rafael Ramirez, the Venezuelan energy minister, who was speaking to reporters during a trip to Tokyo, reports Kyodo News.

It will be the second time Mr Chavez, a fierce opponent of the US, has made the journey to Japan following his first visit in 1999.

Among the items that are likely to be high on the agenda are plans to strengthen bilateral economic relations between the two countries, such as increasing Venezuelan exports to Japan.

It has also emerged that Mr Chavez has offered Russia the use of an airfield off the coast of Venezuela, reports the BBC.

During his weekly TV and radio show recently, Mr Chavez commented: "I simply told [Russian] president [Dmitry] Medvedev that any time Russia's strategic aircraft need to land in Venezuela to meet their strategic aims, Venezuela will be at their service."

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