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Stiffening its policy on the environment, the Ministry of International Trade and Industry drew a clear line July 11 separating itself from Australia, which advocates a flexible approach to tackling global warming.

Speaking at a regularly scheduled news conference, MITI chief Shinji Sato said he will clarify Japan’s stance during his four-day visit to Australia starting July 13. “It seems that Australia does not understand our stance,” he said. “So I would like to tell them that we will be taking a strict stance on this global issue.”

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