French President Jacques Chirac has canceled a visit to Japan scheduled for mid-March, saying he will stay at home because of the tense international situation, Japanese government officials said Wednesday.

Chirac, who informed Japan of the cancellation through a diplomatic channel, was scheduled to take part in the ministerial meeting of the third World Water Forum, which begins March 16 in Kyoto, and to hold talks with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.

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