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A common saying in Japanese is “mizu to anzen wa tada” (“water and safety are free”), meaning they can be taken for granted.

But with water becoming increasingly scarce in a growing number of regions around the world and with developing countries facing a population explosion, Japan must collaborate more with the global community to secure water resources, according to Taikan Oki, an associate professor at the Kyoto-based Research Institute for Humanity and Nature.

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