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A government advisory panel reviewing the organizational aspects of Japan’s official development assistance suggested Wednesday that a strategic council be set up for the prime minister to take the lead in deciding key aid projects and other basic ODA policies, panel members said.

Comprising the prime minister, the chief Cabinet secretary, the foreign and other key ministers, the council will decide such policies as major projects to be financed with low-interest yen loans and annual aid policies for a coming fiscal year starting in April, the panel members said.

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