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Finance Minister Hiroshi Mitsuzuka departs Sept. 18 to attend a series of international financial meetings that will focus on the stability of Asian markets and the strength of the Japanese economy.

Given the turmoil in foreign exchange and capital markets throughout Southeast Asia over the past few months, it is only natural that financial stability in the region attract concern, one ministry official said. The minister’s agenda begins with a first-ever gathering of finance ministers within the framework of the Asia-Europe Meeting, which will be held Sept. 19 in Bangkok.

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