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Finance Minister Jun Azumi said Sunday that Tokyo will support Jim Yong Kim, America’s candidate for next World Bank president, despite growing calls for the multilateral aid agency to be led by someone from the developing world.

The announcement followed Azumi’s talks in Tokyo with Kim, a health expert who currently heads Dartmouth College. Kim is running against two other candidates, both of whom are from developing countries, to replace Robert Zoellick, the current head of the Washington-based institution, whose tenure ends June 30.

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