OYAMA, Shizuoka Pref. — Several corporate executives of Japan’s most powerful business lobby voiced concerns Friday over the nation’s declining economic status in Asia and called for measures to further stabilize financial and currency exchange systems in the region.

“I think Japan’s presence (in Asia) is declining,” Yoichi Morishita, president of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., said during a summer seminar of Japan Federation of Economic Organizations (Keidanren) here.

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