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Suu Kyi welcomed, meets Myanmar residents in Japan

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, center, arrives at Narita international airport in Narita, near Tokyo, Saturday, April 13, 2013. The visit by Suu Kyi, in Japan for the first time in 27 years, is highlighting Japan's interest in helping to craft a blueprint for Myanmar's economy and tapping its growth potential. (AP Photo/Kyodo News) JAPAN OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO LICENSING IN CHINA, HONG KONG, JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND FRANCE

TOKYO (AP) -- Dozens of flag-waving well-wishers, including people from Myanmar, welcomed Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who arrived Saturday for a weeklong visit to Japan.

She later met with other Myanmar residents, packing a Tokyo hall, and answered their questions with smiles.

During her visit, Suu Kyi is expected to drum up aid for Myanmar in meetings with Japanese government officials.

Suu Kyi is widely respected in Japan, a place that holds special feelings for the lawmaker and National League for Democracy party leader, who endured nearly two decades of house arrest, because of her historical ties to Japan.

She is scheduled to go to Kyoto in central Japan, where she studied at a university nearly three decades ago. Her father, independence hero Gen. Aung San, also spent some time in Japan in the 1940s.

Wearing her trademark flowers in her hair, Suu Kyi has been thronged by Japanese media. The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner was set to give speeches at prestigious universities in Kyoto and Tokyo.

Suu Kyi had expressed an interest in visiting Japan during the current cherry-blossom season, but because of unusually warm weather, the petals are mostly gone. She leaves Friday.