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At the United Nations headquarters in New York, a July 9-20 conference is examining “The Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.” Meanwhile, at the UN Gallery in Tokyo’s trendy Omotesando, an exhibition reflecting the grim realities of that subject is running until Aug. 31.

The estimated 500 million small arms and light weapons in the world have, in the last 10 years, been used to kill more than four million people, 90 percent of them civilians. Among those victims, two million were children, with another five million left disabled and 12 million rendered homeless.

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