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The Foreign Ministry will reduce its disbursements to international organizations in fiscal 1998 by 22.3 percent from the current fiscal year while it increases spending on tightening security at Japan’s overseas establishments, the ministry said August 29 in its budget request for the next fiscal year.

The ministry said that disbursements to international organizations will be reduced by 16.2 billion yen to 56.6 billion yen in fiscal 1998. The reduction will partly be achieved by abolishing voluntary aid to about 30 international organizations.

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