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The presence of the Asia-Pacific region in the United Nations must be increased to reflect its weight as an economic powerhouse, said Nobutaka Machimura, state secretary for foreign affairs, in his keynote speech at a United Nations regional hearing in Tokyo Thursday.

Among other themes discussed at the Regional Hearing for Asia and the Pacific, held at the U.N. University, were eradication of poverty, disarmament, the Kashmir conflict and regional development.

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