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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses a dinner reception at the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo on June 5.

Abe offers olive branch on China's Belt and Road

Prime Minister calls for projects to be transparent, economically viable

TSUBASA SURUGA, Nikkei staff writer | China

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday said his government "is ready to extend cooperation" for China's ambitious Belt and Road Initiative, sending another signal that Tokyo wants to mend fences with Beijing ahead of a possible bilateral summit next month. 

Also known as the "One Belt, One Road" program, Chinese President Xi Jinping's signature initiative is designed to expand the country's economic sphere by linking it with the rest of Asia and Europe through infrastructure like roads and railways. While Abe expressed a willingness to get involved, he stressed the projects should adhere to international norms.

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