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Tokyo will sign official documents to provide 350 million yen in grants to support 20 young Mongolian officials to study in Japan each year, the government has announced.

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will sign the agreement on the grant plan Thursday afternoon with Mongolian Prime Minister Miyeegombyn Enkhbold.

Koizumi is making a visit to Mongolia from Thursday to Friday.

Koizumi and Enkhbold are expected to discuss such issues as joint efforts to develop energy resources in Mongolia and problems related to North Korea, including its recent missile launches and money-laundering, government official said.

Japan does not have official ties with North Korea, but Mongolia maintains diplomatic relations with Pyongyang and there is a communications link with the North.

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