Tokyo governor to make 'city diplomacy' visit to Beijing
Published on Apr 15, 2014 7:14 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Tokyo's top local official said on Tuesday he will visit Beijing this month at the invitation of its mayor, in an attempt by officials to heal Japan and China's bruised relations.
Governor Yoichi Masuzoe, a former health minister who took office in February, will conduct a three-day trip as the guest of mayor Wang Anshun, the first Tokyo governor in 18 years to be invited.
He said he would stay in the Chinese capital between April 24-26 and hoped to offer advice on how to address Beijing's toxic air pollution and improve its healthcare provision, learning from Tokyo's example.
Tokyo began to tackle its own problems with air pollution as far back as the 1970s, and is known for its sophisticated medical care in Japan, especially for the elderly.
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