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The government appointed popular Hong Kong singer Isabella Leung on Monday as its goodwill ambassador to the city to promote tourist visits to Japan.

The 18-year-old singer received a document of appointment from Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Kazuo Kitagawa as part of the government’s “Visit Japan” campaign, which aims to attract 10 million foreign tourists by 2010.

Leung, who arrived in Japan on Wednesday for commercial shooting and other purposes, said she enjoyed a visit to a hot spring spa on the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka Prefecture as well as shopping in Tokyo’s Harajuku district.

Kitagawa encouraged her to tell other people about attractive places in Japan, and Leung said she would do her best.

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