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Former world number one Amelie Mauresmo will make her return for France in their Fed Cup World Grup play-off in Tokyo from
France captain Georges Goven has also selected Alize Cornet, Virginie Razzano and Nathalie Dechy for the tie.
The line-up does not include French number one Marion Bartoli, who refuses to play Fed Cup, and Tatiana Golovin, who is recovering from hip surgery.
Mauresmo was called up for the first round tie in China in February but opted to concentrate on her individual game after a lengthy injury-affected slump. France lost 3-2.
"Amelie always said that it was exceptional that she did not play the match against China. She has always been impeccable leader in this team, a model teammate," said Goven.
The two teams have met seven times, most recently in last year's first round in Limoges, when the French won 5-0 for the loss of just one set. Since they first meeting in 1965, Japan have won just once against the two-time champions.
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