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The largest United Nations gathering in history is to start in Johannesburg in nine days’ time, with nations reflecting on the progress — or the lack of it — toward achieving a more sustainable world over the past decade and wrangling over how to do a better job in the future.

But with few in agreement on what would constitute a successful meeting or what role Japan should play in achieving that aim, participants will be gathering under a cloud of uncertainty.

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