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After months of wavering and foot-dragging, Japan will seek ratification of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on curbing global warming during a 150-day ordinary Diet session that is to open in January, government sources said Thursday.

The long-awaited move by the world’s second-largest economy — which ostensibly holds the swing vote on the future of the landmark environmental pact in the wake of the United States’ withdrawal — will likely kick the protocol into force by the end of 2002.

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