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Japan should drop its reluctance and sign a global treaty calling for a total and immediate ban on antipersonnel land mines, Foreign Minister Keizo Obuchi said Sept. 19.

Japan reportedly possesses 1 million antipersonnel land mines. The government has not decided whether to sign the treaty, which will be signed at an international conference in Ottawa, Obuchi said. He added that thorough discussions are needed before any decision on signing can be reached.

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