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Japan's Prime Minister on Mission to India

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Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi begins talks with Indian leaders Friday to seek support for Japan's bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. The Japanese leader is scheduled to hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other top officials before heading to Pakistan, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. India is also seeking a seat on the Security Council if proposals to expand the body are approved. Trade will also figure prominently in Mr. Koizumi's talks in both India and Pakistan. Reuters news agency quotes Japanese officials as saying that Mr. Koizumi is likely to announce a resumption of yen loans to Pakistan, suspended after 1998 nuclear tests. Mr. Koizumi's visit to India comes two weeks after Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao made his own South Asian tour.
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