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Takeo Hiranuma, minister of economy, trade and industry, called Friday for the creation within 10 years of a Pacific economic bloc that would not only include Japan and Southeast Asian states but also other East Asian and Oceanian nations.

“Establishing a broad economic partnership in a Pacific economic bloc would not be bad for Southeast Asia, East Asia as well as Oceania,” Hiranuma told a news conference.

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