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Tokyo supports Vietnam and Peru in their bids to become members in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda told Australian government officials July 31, according to Foreign Ministry officials.

Ikeda met with Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Trade Minister Timothy Fischer, who has called for a careful expansion of the forum’s membership. Ikeda said he supports Fisher’s view and wants to see a limited expansion, according to Foreign Ministry officials.

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