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Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto will send a high-ranking official to South Korea later this week as a special envoy to set the groundwork for better relations with Seoul’s new administration under President Kim Dae Jung, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kanezo Muraoka said March 9.

Seiichiro Noboru, chief of the Cabinet Councilors’ Office on External Affairs, will visit Seoul for three days starting March 11, Muraoka said at a regular news conference.

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