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The man Japan calls “Mr. Development” for his expertise in the field is set to take up a key World Bank post later this month, working with finance ministers across the globe to address pressing issues, including energy efficiency and the spread of avian influenza.

Kiyoshi Kodera will become the first Japanese to serve as executive secretary of the Development Committee, a joint ministerial panel of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund that addresses development issues.

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