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A friend indeed will answer calls from a friend in need, as Japan readies to provide its earthquake-resistance expertise to Italy at the Group of Eight summit in L’Aquila.

“We are preparing some proposals, which Prime Minister Taro Aso will pitch to Prime Minister (Silvio) Berlusconi when the two hold a meeting,” Shinsuke Shimizu, minister at the Japanese Embassy in Italy, told The Japan Times.

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