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Japan's Abe wants to lead G-7 talks on North Korea

Prime Minister sees Italy summit as a chance to get tough and show close bonds

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife, Akie, wave as they board a flight for Italy at Tokyo's Haneda Airport on May 25. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe boarded a government jet in Tokyo on Thursday morning to leave for the Group of Seven leaders' summit, to be held later this week in Taormina, Italy.

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