Japanese companies in the Middle East stepped up emergency plans Tuesday after U.S. President George W. Bush told Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to leave the country within 48 hours or face war.

Marubeni Corp., which had the families of its employees working in Qatar leave for Japan on Monday, held an emergency meeting to cope with the latest development.

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