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Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura on Friday pledged his effort to provide part of the ministry’s fiscal 2000 budget for aged Japanese who emigrated to the Dominican Republic four decades ago.

“Aside from whether the Foreign Ministry is held legally responsible (for the failed emigration plan in the late 1950s), I understand the emigrants had a hard time as a result of the project that the ministry backed,” Komura was quoted as saying by Hiroshi Kawauchi, a Lower House member from the Democratic Party of Japan, who accompanied a group of emigrants to Komura’s office.

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