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(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Excerpt from report in English by Japanese news agency Kyodo
Cebu, The Philippines, 14 January: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with the leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cebu on Sunday [14 January] to discuss North Korea's past abductions of Japanese nationals as well as a possible free trade agreement between Japan and ASEAN.
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is chairing this year's ASEAN-related summits, is expected to mention North Korea's abductions and the standoff over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions in her opening statement at the ASEAN-Japan …