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Top executives from FIBA, basketball’s world governing body, recently visited Japan for a site inspection tour of the five cities and venues that will host games here during the 2006 world championships.

During their trip, the FIBA group spoke to the Foreign Sportswriters Association of Japan in Tokyo, and discussed plans for the event featuring 24 nations from around the globe, which will be the biggest held here since soccer’s 2002 World Cup.

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