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Cuba: Fidel Castro makes rare appearance with Raul to meet Japanese foreign minister

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An official Cuban newspaper reports that Fidel Castro joined his brother, President Raul Castro, for a rare appearance to meet with Japan's foreign minister.

The daily Juventud Rebelde reported Sunday the 88-year-old former leader spoke with Fumio Kishido about improving relations between the two nations. It did not specify when the meeting occurred.

Kishido arrived in Cuba on Friday with a delegation of business leaders. He is the first Japanese foreign minister to visit the island.

Fidel Castro handed power to his younger brother in 2006 after suffering from poor health. He has made almost no public appearances in several months. The last photo of him to appear in Cuban media was published on April 20 when the official daily Granma reported the former president had voted from his home.

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