The government plans to recommend Hiroshi Oki, director general of the Environment Agency, as chairman of the forthcoming international conference on global warming, Chief Cabinet Secretary Kanezo Muraoka said Oct. 16.The recommendation is expected to be accepted by participants of the Third Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP3) in line with past practices that a minister of the host nation serve as the chairman, Muraoka told a regular news conference. The Japanese delegation to the conference will include Foreign Minister Keizo Obuchi and Mitsuo Horiuchi, head of the Ministry of International Trade and Industry, Muraoka said. The 10-day conference will start on Dec. 1 in Kyoto.

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