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BEIJING (Kyodo) A Chinese tanker carrying 10,000 tons of gasoline and 10,000 tons of heavy oil for disaster relief headed to Japan on Tuesday, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The ship departed from Dalian and is scheduled to arrive in Hiroshima Prefecture on Friday and continue on to Ehime Prefecture on Saturday.

China announced March 16 it was donating 20,000 tons of fuel to Japan, but Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua said Tuesday it took more than 10 days to make arrangements with Japanese authorities on where and how to deliver the supplies.

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