Chirac 'impatient' to visit to Japan

23rd March 2005, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, March 23 (AFP) - Jacques Chirac is eager to return to Japan after a five-year lapse, the French president said in an interview with the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun published by his office late Tuesday.

BRUSSELS, March 23 (AFP) - Jacques Chirac is eager to return to Japan after a five-year lapse, the French president said in an interview with the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun published by his office late Tuesday.

"I'm becoming impatient to return to Japan. I find that almost five years without going to Japan is unbearable," he said.

Chirac is to leave Paris Friday for a three-day visit to Japan.

His interview was published in Brussels where he was taking part in a European Union summit.

The visit will be his "44th or 45th", also counting private trips, he said. Chirac had cancelled a planned trip to Japan in March 2003 because of the US-led invasion of Iraq, which he opposed.

He said he would attend a sumo wrestling tournament while in Japan and have dinner with the wrestlers as the sport was among his favourite.

"I know them all, I know them well, and therefore I'm very pleased to go to a tournament," said Chirac.

"Sumo is an international and eternal sport," he added.

© AFP

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