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As the clock ticks down on Tokyo’s bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Tsunekazu Takeda, president of the Japanese Olympic Committee, paid newly elected Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama a visit at his official residence Friday to request his attendance at the decisive Oct. 2 vote in Copenhagen.

However, Hatoyama, who formed his Cabinet Wednesday, stopped short of agreeing on the trip to the Danish capital, where International Olympic Committee delegates will cast secret ballots to name the host city of the 2016 Summer Games.

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