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Kumamon, the official black bear mascot of Kumamoto Prefecture, will visit France in July to take part in the Japan Expo, local officials said Monday.

Kumamon, one of Japan’s most popular regional promotional mascots, will be making its European debut at the culture and entertainment festival, slated to run from July 4 to 7 in the suburbs of Paris, the officials said.

The mascot is scheduled to dance to Kumamon songs on stage.

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