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Peru's Humala to visit Japan
By Manuel Vigo
April 24, 2012
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala will travel to Japan in May, according to the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Humala, and First Lady Nadine Heredia, will travel to Japan on May 8, to meet with the country’s authorities and strengthen bilateral relations, Peru21 reported.
President Humala is also scheduled to meet with Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, who are hosting a lunch in honor of Humala’s visit.
This is the first time Humala will travel to Japan since taking office last year. He traveled to Tokyo in 2010, when then President Alan Garcia partook in that year’s APEC summit.
Japan is Peru’s fifth largest trading partner – last year trade between the two countries totaled $3.5 billion.
The two countries signed a Free Trade Agreement last March that aims to eliminate most tariffs over the following decade.
According to the Lima Chamber of Commerce the trade agreement is expected to double non-traditional exports in the next three years.
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