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TOKYO, March 14 Kyodo

---------- Destroyers leave for antipiracy mission off Somalia

KURE, Japan - Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyers set sail Saturday for an antipiracy mission off Somalia, marking the first such activity abroad for the country's Self-Defense Forces.

Two destroyers -- the 4,650-ton Sazanami and 4,550-ton Samidare of the 8th Escort Division of the 4th Escort Flotilla -- left their base in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, in the afternoon as some 1,200 family members bid farewell from a berth and a transport ship nearby.

---------- Pentagon concludes deal to refurbish antisubmarine aircraft for Taiwan

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Defense Department said Friday it has concluded a contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. worth at least $665.6 million to refurbish 12 antisubmarine maritime patrol aircraft for Taiwan.

Delivery to Taiwan of the turboprop-driven P-3C Orion planes, designed for hunting submarines, should start in 2013 after they are fitted with enhanced mission avionics capability and service life extension kits.

---------- Ex-Peruvian president Fujimori's mother dies at 96 in Japan

RIO DE JANEIRO - Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori's mother Mutsue died of heart failure Wednesday at a hospital in Tokyo, Peru's state-run Andina news agency reported, quoting her family and parliamentary members. She was 96.

Born in what is now the city of Kumamoto in 1913, Mutsue moved to Peru in 1934 with her husband Naoichi, who died in 1971. She engaged in cotton growing and other work, and raised three sons and two daughters, including her eldest son, who became the first Peruvian president of Japanese descent.
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Date:Mar 16, 2009
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