Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi plans first visit to Japan in October

Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is set to visit Japan for talks with Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi next month, Japan's Foreign Ministry announced Friday.

During his two-day official visit beginning Oct. 19, Berlusconi will also meet with Japan's Emperor Akihito, the ministry said in a statement.

This would be the first time for the Italian leader to visit Japan, who has never even visited the country in a private capacity, according to Foreign Ministry official Teruyo Shimazaki, reports the AP.


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