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Prime Minister Naoto Kan will deliver a speech on Japan’s ongoing efforts to promote free trade when he appears Saturday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirohisa Fujii said.

Kan will leave Friday for the Swiss resort after attending a Diet session, Fujii said Thursday at a news conference, adding he is also expected to hold talks with business leaders and experts on major global issues during his stay through Sunday.

Among the talks, Kan is scheduled to meet with U.S. billionaire investor George Soros, who is known for his philanthropic activities, according to a official involved in organizing the three-day trip.

The forum that draws the world’s political and business leaders began Wednesday and will run through Sunday.

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