The Ministry of International Trade and Industry will draw up measures to help nurture small firms and venture businesses ahead of the upcoming extraordinary Diet session this fall, MITI chief Kaoru Yosano said Tuesday.

Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi issued instructions for the measures during a meeting with Yosano, Katsuhiko Tokita, director general of the Small and Medium Enterprise Agency, and senior MITI officials, Yosano said.

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