Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi is set to visit Japan for talks with Japan's Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi next month, Japan's Foreign Ministry announced Friday.
During his two-day official visit beginning Oct. 19, Berlusconi will also meet with Japan's Emperor Akihito, the ministry said in a statement.
This would be the first time for the Italian leader to visit Japan, who has never even visited the country in a private capacity, according to Foreign Ministry official Teruyo Shimazaki, reports the AP.
Indeed, how dare they run US-independent policy? They should have followed the example of the European Union that turned independent states of the Old World into US-ditto entities