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Some 800 friends, relatives, politicians and royal family members attended a memorial service Thursday in Tokyo for Yukika Soma, known as the “mother of Japan’s international aid activities,” who died on Nov. 8 at age 96.

Among the mourners were Empress Michiko, Prince Tomohito of Mikasa, a cousin of Emperor Akihito, Prime Minister Taro Aso, and Yohei Kono, speaker of the House of Representatives.

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