• Kyodo, The Washington Post

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The United States said Friday it will allow exports of domestically produced liquefied natural gas to Japan and other countries to which it is not bound by free-trade agreements, authorizing a plan to deliver shale and other gases from Texas.

Japan has been asking the United States to lift a ban on LNG exports to meet its energy needs after most of its nuclear reactors were suspended because of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster as well as rising prices of energy imports.

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