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North Korea will receive this week a Japanese government mission, originally scheduled for last week, to inspect distribution and use of rice donated since last year, informed sources said Monday.

Members of the inspection team, including Shigekazu Sato, deputy director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry’s Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, are scheduled to apply for visas next Monday afternoon at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing and head for Pyongyang the following day, the sources said.

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