Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi on Tuesday urged his Cabinet to monitor financial markets carefully and cooperate closely with the Bank of Japan to prevent any disruptions as a result of the looming war in Iraq, government officials said.

Koizumi told his ministers that they need to monitor foreign-exchange markets, stock markets and oil prices.

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