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Japan Pledges Billions in Aid to Southeast Asian Countries

Japan has pledged more than $19 billion in aid and loans to Southeast Asian nations over the next five years to boost relations in the area.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the move Saturday at a summit meeting with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Tokyo. The summit was a celebration of 40 years of ties between Japan and ASEAN.The assistance will focus on helping close the region's development gap and improve its security preparedness.On Friday, Tokyo...

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