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The delegation, comprised of Japanese medical students and physicians, among others, will have a working program coordinated with the Cuban Friendship Institute and the islands Ministry of Public Health.

According to a press release from the Cuban Foreign Ministry, the program, scheduled for February 9-14, includes meetings with authorities of the health sector and physicians, as well as visits to several institutions.

During a meeting with the Cuban ambassador to Japan, Jose Fernandez Cossio, the islands diplomat said that this visit will allow them to learn more about the achievements of the Cuban Revolution, particularly in the health sector.

He also thanked them for a donation of acupuncture needles that they will bring with them to Cuba.

He also stressed the importance of a meeting that they will hold with the relatives of Gerardo Hernandez, Rene Gonzalez, Ramon Labanino, Fernando Gonzalez and Antonio Guerrero - internationally known as the Cuban Five -, who remain in US prisons since 1998 for infiltrating anti-Cuba terrorist groups in South Florida.

The visit shows the Japanese peoples growing interest in the achievements of the Cuban health sector showed, for instance, by the publication of the book "Why is the Development of Cuban Medicine an Example to the World?" by Taro Yoshida.

The "Round Table" is one of Japans most active groups in solidarity with Cuba. One of their main tasks is to support the work of the Committee in Solidarity with the Cuban Five, among other actions.


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