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President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori visited the grave of the Japanese Prime Minister's father in the town of Shelekhov near Irkutsk

March 25, 2001, The Irkutsk Region

In accordance with his will, the ashes of Shigeki Mori, the father of Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori and long-time mayor of Neagari, Japan, were partially buried in a grave in this Siberian town. Shigeki Mori devoted about 30 years to maintaining friendly twin-city relations between Neagari and Shelekhov.

Vladimir Putin and Yoshiro Mori laid flowers at the monument.

March 25, 2001, The Irkutsk Region