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A joint government-private sector economic mission will be sent next month to Libya, which has abandoned its weapons of mass destruction and is seeking foreign investment.

It will be the first such fact-finding mission in two decades as there had been virtually no official communications between Tokyo and Tripoli until recently, an official at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said.

The plan was drawn up at the behest of the Foreign Ministry, which wants to help Libya return to the international community, and by METI, which wants to take advantage of the improved investment environment following the lifting of U.N. sanctions against the North African country.

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