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A ceremony commemorating the 60th anniversary of the start of Japan’s official development assistance to Brazil was held Monday in Sao Paulo.

Japan has provided aid of over ¥440 bil­lion in total to the South American country — which has some 2 mil­lion people of Japanese ancestry, the world’s largest such community outside Japan — making significant contributions to fields such as agriculture, iron manufacturing and the preservation of the Amazon rainforest.

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