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Tokyo is set to extend the lease on a giant panda couple on loan from China, while their popular female offspring Xiang Xiang will depart the Japanese capital as planned by the end of the year, Gov. Yuriko Koike said Friday.

Koike said Tokyo is in the final stages of negotiations with the Chinese side to extend the loan period of male panda Ri Ri and female Shin Shin, both 15, at the Ueno Zoological Gardens.

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