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International relations

Japan joins race to develop Arctic resources

Foreign Minister Kono to attend policy assembly in Iceland for the first time

Russia and China are among the countries racing to exploit the Arctic region's rich gas and mineral reserves.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With both Russia and China expanding their presence in the Arctic, Japan looks to ensure it also has a voice in the development of the resource-rich but environmentally sensitive region.

When Foreign Minister Taro Kono attends the Arctic Circle Assembly, set for Oct. 19 to 21 in Iceland, he is expected to announce that the government will encourage Japanese companies to invest in the region's energy resources.

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