The Commission on Human Security, an independent body dedicated to exploring ways to reduce human suffering and insecurity, began a second two-day meeting Sunday in Tokyo, with panelists focusing on development and conflict prevention.

Sadako Ogata, co-chair of the 12-member commission and Japan’s special envoy to Afghanistan, said in a speech that the human security crisis in Afghanistan gives the commission a good opportunity to examine fundamental structural causes of the problems the world faces today.

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