Monday, December 22, 2014   

Tokyo governor to visit Beijing
(04-15 19:04)

Tokyo's top local official said 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, AFP reports.
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.
Masuzoe said he would be seeking advice from his Beijing counterpart on staging a world-class Olympics after China's triumphant 2008 Games, as Tokyo prepares to host its own in 2020.
   
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