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    The Malagasy Republic celebrated its national day at Expo 70 at Osaka, Japan on Wednesday (22 July).

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    The Malagasy Republic celebrated its national day at Expo 70 at Osaka, Japan on Wednesday (22 July).

    The Republic, better known as Madagascar Island in the Indian Ocean, began its national day celebrations mid-morning at the Expo Festival Plaza.

    Leading a top-level Malagasy delegation at Expo was Mr Zavier Delmotte, the island's Minister of Finance and Commerce. The Japanese Government representative to Expo, Mr Tohoru Hagiwara, addressed the national day crowd.

    In a speech to the 7000 spectators, Mr. Delmotte emphasized that the Malagasy Republic wished to promote greater understanding and trade with Japan. After the speeches the official party watched a display by Japanese Brass bands and student groups.

    The official party later toured the Madagascar Pavilion located in the central area of the Expo site near exhibits of eight other African countries. Greeted by a Japanese Band, the officials looked over the stands which feature unique animal life from the island as well as examples of the country's produce. The official party included prominent Japanese industrialists with whom Mr. Delmotte is expected to discuss Malagasy -- Japanese co-operation. Mr. Delmotte visited the eight other African pavilions as part of his tour of Expo.

    The Malagasy display is one of the featured African pavilions which have so far attracted many of the 37 million people who have visited Expo 70 since it opened.

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