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Chinese Premier Zhu Rongji left Kansai International Airport for South Korea on Tuesday, wrapping up his six-day official visit to Japan.

Calligraphy by Premier Zhu Rongji (at left) is displayed at the Sun Yat Sen Memorial in Kobe.

Zhu departed from the airport at 4:39 p.m. During his visit, aimed at fostering open and friendly relations between China and Japan, the premier met with Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and the Emperor and the Empress.

He also visited Yamanashi Prefecture on Monday to take a ride on an experimental magnetically levitated bullet train.

He traveled to Hyogo Prefecture on Tuesday to inspect the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the world’s longest suspension bridge, and a museum dedicated to Sun Yat Sen, the father of modern China.

During his visit to the Akashi bridge in the morning, the premier was met by Hyogo Pref. Gov. Toshitami Kaihara and other local officials. Zhu spent about 25 minutes touring the bridge and the promenade, which offer a view of nearby Awaji Island.

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