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Japan will provide up to ¥45 billion ($410 million) in yen loans to Turkey to help ease the country’s financial burden of hosting refugees from war-torn Syria, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said Friday.

The financial assistance offered during a meeting in Istanbul between Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and his counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu is aimed at improving the living conditions for over 3.6 million Syrian refugees who fled to Turkey, the ministry said.

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