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The government announced Friday it has officially picked Kyoto to host the foreign ministerial meeting of the Group of Eight major nations next year and named Osaka as the venue for the finance ministerial meeting.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki also told a news conference that G8 environment ministers will gather in Kobe and labor ministers in Niigata.

A meeting among the world’s 20 largest emitters of greenhouse gases, including the G8 major powers, will be held in Chiba, Shiozaki said.

Separately, Yokohama will host the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, Shiozaki said. It will be the first time for the conference, in its fourth round since it began in 1993, to be held outside the Japanese capital.

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