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International relations

Japan gains more international posts, but China growing faster

Soft power competition intensifies between two Asia heavyweights

Japan's Izumi Nakamitsu, right, is the United Nations under-secretary-general and high representative for disarmament affairs. (Photo courtesy of U.N. Geneva)

TOKYO -- Japan's push for a bigger voice at the United Nations and other global organizations has contributed to a double-digit increase in positions held by Japanese nationals, but rising Asian power China has logged even faster growth.

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