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NEW YORK — Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto on June 23 urged industrialized countries to take the initiative in combating climate change problems by creating green technologies and disseminating them to developing nations.

He made the appeal in a speech to the special United Nations General Assembly session on the environment, which opened the same day with the participation of leaders and envoys from about 170 nations. The text of the speech was pre-released to the media. In the speech, however, Hashimoto did not go much beyond what was agreed to on June 22 by the Group of Seven industrialized nations plus Russia at the Denver summit.

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