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UCAN SHORT -- APOSTOLIC ADMINISTRATOR APPOINTED FOR HUE ARCHDIOCESE

Updated: June 20, 1988 05:00 PM GMT
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Cardinal Joseph-Marie Trinh Van Can, archbishop of Hanoi, has been appointed apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Hue, following the death of Hue Archbishop Nguyen Kim Dien, the Vatican announced June 10.

Cardinal Trinh Van Can, who was refused permission to attend the millenium of Christianity in Russia celebrations and the Rome canonizations of 117 Vietnamese martyrs, accepted the appointment.

JAPAN UCAN SHORT -- LABOR MINISTRY ALLOWS MORE SKILLED FOREIGN LABORERS

TOKYO (UCAN) -- The Labor Ministry, in a major policy switch designed to ease pressure from Asian nations to allow in more foreign workers, in June announced a plan to permit "as many specialized and skilled workers as possible" into Japan.

The plan will be submitted to the Cabinet for approval.

Meanwhile, the Justice Ministry will tighten controls on Southeast Asian entertainers. Beginning July 1, the tax on employers of such entertainers will increase tenfold. About 40,000 singers, dancers and other entertainers, some of whom work as prostitutes, come to Japan annually.

Illegal foreign workers were picked up in a Tokyo metropolitan raid during a recent three-week crackdown. About 1,870 people, including 700 Bangladeshis and 450 Pakistanis, were arrested.

JAPAN UCAN SHORT -- CONFLICTING VIEWS ON INTERNATIONAL AID DONOR LEVELS

TOKYO (UCAN) -- In a recent trip to Europe, Prime Minister Noboru Takeshita repeated his promise to boost Japan´s official development assistance (ODA) to poor foreign countries. But he has run into problems mediating differences between the Foreign Ministry and the Finance Ministry on specific steps to take in the aid issue.

Japan passed the United States as the largest aid donor last year, thanks in part to the rising yen against the dollar. But Japan contributes just .31 percent of its Gross National Product to ODA, well below the internationally recommended level of .7 percent.

The Foreign Ministry has indicated it supports the rising GNP percentage donations, but the Finance Ministry opposes linking aid to any specific GNP targets.

PAKISTAN UCAN SHORT -- CHRISTIAN ARTIST CHOSEN FOR WORLD COMPETITION

MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan (UCAN) -- Jimmy Engineer, a noted Pakistani Christian artist, was among 75 artists selected in a worldwide competition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in May and June.

The competition was organized by the Fund for Artists´ Colonies, a United States group that invites artists from around the world to compete in a guest program that includes a one-month tour of the country.

Engineer was selected to represent Pakistan by the U.S. consulate in Karachi.

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