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SHIMUKAPPU, Hokkaido (Kyodo) Prime Minister Taro Aso announced Saturday that he would offer ¥50 billion in aid to Pacific island nations for the next three years to help them counter climate change and other challenges.

Concluding a two-day summit in Shimukappu, Hokkaido, the 16 Pacific Islands Forum members and Japan adopted a joint declaration affirming stronger ties and cooperation in dealing with climate change by forming a “Pacific Environment Community.”

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