Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1000 GMT, May 15

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SUVA -- The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) leaders on Wednesday called for urgent global action in the fight against climate change, which is believed to be one of the greatest threats to human beings in the years to come.

Guterres, who is in Fiji for his first trip to the Pacific region as UN chief, said at a high level political dialogue with PIF leaders that this will be a critical moment as countries across the world strive for full implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris climate agreement. (UN-PIF-Climate change)

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TOKYO -- The Japanese government is planning to reduce the number of people with dementia by setting quantifiable targets to lower the ratio of patients in their 70s, over a six-year period until 2025, sources close to the matter said Wednesday.

The government is hoping the initiative will help counter the rising social security costs involved with caring for sufferers and the scheme will involve the implementation of preventative measures and methods to delay the onset of dementia. (Japan-Dementia)

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SEOUL -- South Korea's job growth slowed last month in the aftermath of the ongoing demographic change, in which the population of those in their 30s and 40s declined amid the rising population of those in their 50s or higher, a government report showed Wednesday.

The number of those employed totaled 27,038,000 in April, up 171,000 from the same month of last year, according to Statistics Korea. (S.Korea-Job growth)

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TOKYO -- A panel from Japan's health and welfare ministry on Wednesday approved a new cancer treatment to be covered by national health insurance, in a move marking the most expensive treatment to be covered by public health insurance.

The price of the new drug therapy to treat leukemia and other forms of blood cancers, marketed by Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis and called Kymriah, has been set at 33.49 million yen (305,000 U.S. dollars), the panel said. (Japan-Insurance-Cancer) Enditem

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