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Japanese companies seek 2tn yen in projects from Abe trip

Turkmenistan is looking to purify some of its vast natural gas resources on its own.

TOKYO -- Japanese corporations are looking to secure around 2 trillion yen ($16.5 billion) in orders for Central Asian natural gas and power facilities during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's upcoming visit to the region.

     Abe will travel to Mongolia and the Central Asian states of Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan from Thursday to Oct. 28, holding top-level talks in each nation. The prime minister will be accompanied by a delegation of leaders from 50 businesses and other groups, including trading houses, banks and universities.

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