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The head of the Russian Orthodox Church is coming to Japan in September for the centennial of the death of a missionary who brought the orthodox religion to Japan, Russia’s ITAR-Tass news agency said Tuesday, quoting the church’s external affairs official.

Patriarch Kirill will first visit Hakodate, Hokkaido, where the missionary served at the end of the Edo Period (1603-1868) as a priest for the Russian Consulate, according to the report.

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