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OSAKA — Top business leaders from the Kansai region on Friday asked Toshihiko Fukui, vice governor of the Bank of Japan, to secure stability in the nation’s financial system because prolonged uncertainties are beginning to adversely affect small and medium-size firms.

Yasuo Shingu, chairman of the Kansai Economic Federation, said the economic downturn is being felt more severely in the region than elsewhere because of the large concentration of small firms heavily dependent on exports to other Asian nations, which have also been hit by the recent currency and stock market crises.

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