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Japan and the United States will jointly hold a meeting in early October in Gifu to encourage more women in the Asia-Pacific region to become entrepreneurs, according to the government.

The meeting in Gifu will gather about 350 participants, including more than 150 businesswomen from Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum member countries, who will share their experiences and knowledge of launching and expanding businesses, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Friday.

The event, also aimed at discussing networking among businesspeople, will take place on Oct. 1, just prior to an APEC meeting of ministers in charge of small and medium-size businesses to be held Oct. 2-3 in Gifu.

Japan chairs the 21-member APEC forum this year, while the United States is next in turn to play host to APEC meetings.

The annual summit of the APEC forum is scheduled in November in Yokohama, whose female mayor, Fumiko Hayashi, is planning to attend the one-day event in Gifu.

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