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Japan kicks off G-20 chairmanship, eyeing to bridge US-China rift

Government will push multilateral approach as host of Osaka summit in June

Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, left, and Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso attend a meeting with Group of 20 counterparts on Jan. 17.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan is positioning itself as an intermediary between the U.S. and China as the host of this year's Group of 20 summit, aiming to use its alliance with Washington and improving ties with Beijing to bring some resolution on trade and other issues.

As the feud between the world's two largest economies worsens, Japan hopes to make the G-20 once again a forum for international cooperation and advance its own interests in the process.

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