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Japan hopes to draw up additional measures to assist embattled Indonesia by the start of Saturday’s meeting of the finance ministers and central bankers of the Group of Seven, Finance Minister Hikaru Matsunaga said Wednesday.

Members of a government mission to Jakarta that returned earlier in the day informed him of the lack of food and the need for additional assistance, Matsunaga told a news conference. He added that he hopes some aid plan could be formed by the Saturday G-7 meeting, which is to be held in London.

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