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Japan aims for top UN positions to counter China's sway

Tokyo to nominate ex-cabinet members and work with US and Europe

There are currently no Japanese nationals serving as heads of U.N. specialized agencies.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will centralize planning for executive personnel placements at the United Nations and other international organizations to counter China's growing influence.

The aim is to identify strategically important international posts in fields such as economics and security, and fill them with Japanese who have experience as cabinet ministers.

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