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Japan's Ibaraki prefecture wants to attract Taiwanese

TAIPEI -- A delegation from Japan's Ibaraki Prefectural Assembly arrived in Taiwan Thursday on a visit to promote tourism and discuss the possibility of launching chartered flights between Taiwan and the eastern Japan prefecture, according to a Taiwanese official.

The 20-member delegation is scheduled to call on officials at the Tourism Bureau and at the Taipei-based Association of East Asian Relations, which handles ties with Japan in the absence of diplomatic relations, said Kuo Chung shi, deputy director-general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Department of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

Kuo said that as part of its efforts to promote Ibaraki tourism, the Japanese group will explore the possibility of launching chartered flights between Taiwan and the prefecture, which has a new airport that opened in 2010.

The group, comprising members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is scheduled to wrap up its visit Sunday, according to the ministry.

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