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OSAKA — Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien praised the Kansai region’s efforts to promote regional exchanges and said Canada wants to work with Japan in several different areas, from education to environmental technology.

“Kansai is the heartland of Japan. There are nearly 60 Kansai-based firms doing nearly $2.2 billion worth of business in Canada,” said Chretien, who arrived in Osaka Tuesday morning following the APEC summit in Auckland.

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