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TOKYO, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Japanese Economics Minister SeijiMaehara said he will discuss the pain a strong yen is inflictingon the country's exports when he meets U.S. Federal ReserveChairman Ben Bernanke and European Central Bank President MarioDraghi later on Friday.

"The biggest problem we face is the yen's uptrend, which isinflicting severe pain mainly to our export industry," Maeharatold a news conference.

"As minister in charge of the economy and fiscal policy,it's unthinkable to not mention anything about the yen," he saidabout scheduled talks with Bernanke and Draghi, who are visitingTokyo to attend the International Monetary Fund meetings.

(Reporting by Leika Kihara; Editing by John Mair)

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Keywords: JAPAN ECONOMY/MAEHARA

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