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Japanese economy minister Motegi to visit Africa next week

Japanese economic revitalization minister Toshimitsu Motegi speaks to the press after meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, in Washington, on Aug. 10, 2018. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's economy minister Toshimitsu Motegi said Wednesday he will make a five-day trip next week to Rwanda and Kenya to observe businesses thriving in areas where road and financial infrastructure are not fully developed.

Departing on Monday, the economic and fiscal policy minister will meet government officials there and also plans to observe advanced services such as medical deliveries by drone.

"We hope to reflect (what we learned in the visit) in discussions to work out our growth strategy," Motegi said at a press conference. He will return to Japan on Aug. 24.

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