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Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and the leaders of Australasian and Pacific island nations will discuss maritime concerns and disaster countermeasures at a summit in Okinawa this weekend, with a representative from the United States attending for the first time amid China’s growing regional influence.

Noda is expected to pledge around $500 million (¥40 billion) in new official development assistance over the next three years and announce two disaster prevention initiatives that draw on the lessons of the Great East Japan Earthquake, government officials said.

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