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Japan on Sunday pledged ¥12.7 billion in official development assistance to Uzbekistan — ¥12 billion in loans and ¥700 million in grant aid — for the purpose of upgrading power-generation facilities in the country as well as medical equipment at hospitals, Japanese officials said.

The agreement was reached during a bilateral summit meeting in Tashkent between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov.

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