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Mexico sought Japan’s support Wednesday for its candidate for the top job at the International Monetary Fund to succeed Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned after being charged with sexual assault in New York in May, Japanese officials said.

Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa telephoned her counterpart, Takeaki Matsumoto, in the morning to seek Tokyo’s backing for Augustin Carstens, governor of the Bank of Mexico, in the race to pick the next IMF managing director, the officials said.

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde has announced her bid to succeed her compatriot.

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