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Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiromu Nonaka said Monday that Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi will try to meet Liberal Party leader Ichiro Ozawa before his scheduled visit to China on Thursday to secure his understanding on the entry of New Komeito into the current two-party coalition.

Obuchi initially sought a meeting with New Komeito leader Takenori Kanzaki before his trip to formally ask the second largest opposition party to join the alliance.

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