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Economy: G-7 Summit Opens In Japan

Nago,Japan, 21 July 2000 (RFE/RL) -- Leaders of the seven most industrialized countries today opened their three-day summit on the Japanese island of Okinawa. The G-7 are represented by Britain's Tony Blair, Canada's Jean Chretien, France's Jacques Chirac, Germany's Gerhard Schroeder, Italy's Giuliano Amato, Japan's Yoshiro Mori and the United States' Bill Clinton. Russia's President Vladimir Putin is to join the gathering later today.

The summit's discussions are likely to focus on social and economic problems facing the world, with particular emphasis given to debt relief for poor countries and the impact of globalization.