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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to announce at a regional summit this weekend that Japan will extend ¥300 billion in official development assistance over a five-year period to boost the disaster management framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, an official said.

Abe will unveil the aid during the Japan-ASEAN summit in Tokyo that starts Friday to demonstrate Japanese commitment to the fast-growing region in a bid to counter China’s rising influence there.

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