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British mobile phone giant Vodafone Group PLC has begun final preparations to conduct a takeover bid of Japan Telecom Co. so it can establish management control over the Japanese telecommunications firm, industry officials said Sunday.

Vodafone intends to increase its stake in Japan Telecom to 66.7 percent from its current 45 percent, a move that would render other shareholders unable to use their veto power and effectively give the British firm management control, the officials said.

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