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Takashi Imai, chairman of the Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren), said Monday he hopes an upcoming government-sponsored economic mission to Russia will be an important opportunity to revitalize bilateral economic cooperation.

The delegation, the largest business mission to Russia in 25 years, will be led by Imai and include about 240 business leaders, government officials and reporters.

The group is to leave Wednesday and return June 9.

Participants will study the business environment in the Russian Far East as well as European Russia and visit research and development centers. A meeting with President Vladimir Putin is scheduled for June 8, Imai said.

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