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The Democratic Party of Japan has decided that if it wins the election it will focus on contributing personnel in Afghanistan after letting the refueling mission in the Indian Ocean run out in January, DPJ sources said Sunday.

If he becomes prime minister, party leader Yukio Hatoyama is planning to visit the United States to attend the U.N. General Assembly in September, where he would also meet with President Barack Obama to explain the new policy.

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