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The government plans to ask a local panel to approve the withdrawal of fishing rights in a river in Kumamoto Prefecture to prepare for a dam project that was first ordered 35 years ago, government sources said Saturday.

The Kyushu regional bureau of the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry plans to announce early this week its decision to ask the Kumamoto prefectural expropriation commission to give its approval in order to proceed with the stalled project.

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