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Japan to weigh Belt and Road projects case by case, Abe says

Only profitable, transparent, civilian ventures approved for collaboration

TOKYO -- Japan will consider joining projects related to China's Belt and Road infrastructure development initiative on a case-by-case basis, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told senior officials from the ruling coalition Wednesday.

The prime minister met with Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and counterpart Yoshihisa Inoue of junior coalition partner Komeito to talk through Japan's strategy on the initiative. China intends to use the infrastructure building blitz to expand its sphere of economic influence across Asia.

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