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Environment Minister Yoriko Kawaguchi said Friday that she has asked the United States to present an alternative to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to curb global warming by the time of the next U.N. climate conference in late October.

She told reporters in Washington that she made the request in a meeting with Paula Dobriansky, undersecretary of state for global affairs. Kawaguchi is on a six-day trip to the U.S. that began Tuesday.

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