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Soviet Lawmakers in Japan on visit aimed at goodwill

A 15-member delegation of Soviet lawmakers arrived here Thursday, at the invitation of Japanese parliamentarians, in an effort to improve relations that have suffered because of a territorial dispute and foreign policy disagreement. During their eight-day stay, the Soviets will confer with Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and Foreign Minister Shintaro Abe, meet Japanese lawmakers, and talk to businessmen in the Tokyo and Osaka areas.

But Soviet Politburo member Dinmukhamed A. Kunayev, who led the group, said Japan was not eager to promote peace and disarmament, criticizing what he called Japan's increased support of US policies.

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