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Japanese lawmaker set for a four-day visit in Taiwan

TAIPEI--Japanese lawmaker Shinjiro Koizumi, who also heads the largest faction within Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan Monday, Sept. 9 for a four-day visit, the Taipei-based Association of East Asian Relations said Friday.

Koizumi will be leading a delegation of 97, one of the largest of the past decade and will meet with President Ma Ying-jeou, as well as visiting the National Palace Museum and the 921 Earthquake Museum, said the association, which handles relations between Taiwan and Japan in the absence of diplomatic ties.

The 32-year-old lawmaker, who was elected to Japan's lower house in 2009, is the second son of former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and has been the head of his party's youth division since 2011.

Shinjinro Koizumi is scheduled on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to attend a Chinese Professional Baseball League game in New Taipei, and will throw the first pitch, the association said.

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