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The financial adviser to Japan’s Cabinet met here Friday with senior U.S. officials and the heads of international lending bodies to discuss the potential global economic impact of a war in Iraq.

“We discussed many points about the global economic outlook,” said Haruhiko Kuroda, who is also the former vice finance minister for international affairs.

Kuroda met separately with senior U.S. government officials, including Alan Larson, undersecretary of state for economic, business and agricultural affairs; Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs John Taylor; and Treasury Undersecretary for Domestic Finance Peter Fisher.

He also held separate talks with Horst Koehler, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, and World Bank President James Wolfensohn.

Kuroda, appointed to the Cabinet Secretariat post March 7, arrived in Washington on Thursday and met Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan the same day.

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