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Japan will hold next year’s Group of Eight foreign ministerial meeting June 26 and 27 in Kyoto, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuhisa Shiozaki said Tuesday.

In announcing the 2008 G8 timetable, Shiozaki said finance ministers will meet on June 13 and 14 in Osaka and environment ministers from May 25 to 27 in Kobe.

G8 development ministers are scheduled to meet in the first half of April in Tokyo to discuss aid to poor countries, while energy ministers will gather in Aomori in the first half of June, he said.

The fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development for talks on development issues with African leaders will take place from May 28 to 30 in Yokohama.

The meeting of the Group of 20 countries on climate change involving nations with large amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, including China and Brazil, is scheduled for March 14 to 16 in Chiba.

Talks among justice and home affairs ministers are to be held June 11 to 13 in Tokyo. Labor ministers will assemble May 11 to 13 in Niigata, Shiozaki said.

The G8 summit of top leaders from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and Russia will take place July 7 to 9 in the Lake Toya hot-spring resort area in Hokkaido.

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