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    RUSSIAN-JAPANESE COUNCIL OF ELDERS TO HOLD ITS FIRST SESSION ON APRIL 14

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    MOSCOW, April 7, 2004 (RIA Novosti) - The first session of the Council of Elders of Russia and Japan will take place on April 14 in Moscow. Georgy Boos, the Council's member and vice-speaker of the State Duma (lower house of the Russian parliament) told reporters about this on Tuesday in Moscow.

    He recalled that the Russian-Japanese Council of Elders was set up late last October by leaders of Russia and Japan Vladimir Putin and Junichiro Koizumi during their personal meeting in Bangkok at the summit of the states of the Asia-Pacific region.

    The Russian part of the Council is headed by Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov and the Japanese part - by former premier Yoshiro Mori. All in all there are 14 people on the Council of Elders - seven people from each side, Boos said.

    On April 14 the session's participants will discuss ways for improving bilateral relations, in particular in the trade-economic and political spheres.

    Apart from Luzhkov and Boos, the Russian part of the Council includes, in particular, Arkady Volsky, head of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, Viktor Sadovnichy, rector of the Moscow State University, and Valentina Tereshkova, the world's first woman cosmonaut.

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