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Myanmar opposition leader starts Japan visit

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April 12, 2013 11:52 PM EST | AP

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TOKYO — Dozens of flag-waving well-wishers, including people from Myanmar, welcomed Nobel Peace Prize laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who arrived Saturday for a weeklong visit to Japan.

She is scheduled to meet with Myanmar residents later in the day, and is expected to drum up aid for Myanmar in meetings with Japanese government officials.

Widely respected in Japan, Suu Kyi will go to Kyoto in central Japan, where she studied at a university nearly three decades ago. Her father also spent some time in Japan in the 1940s.

She is set to give speeches at prestigious universities in Kyoto and Tokyo.

She had expressed an interest in visiting during cherry-blossom season, but because of unusually warm weather the petals are mostly gone. She leaves Friday.