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Japan, lagging behind China in securing minerals and energy from Africa, will help develop resources in Botswana, according to Ryoichi Matsuyama, the new Japanese ambassador to the world’s largest diamond producer.

“Botswana is Japan’s last chance in Africa to engage in resource diplomacy, where China has a lead,” Matsuyama, who will become Japan’s first envoy to the nation at the end of May, said in an interview in Tokyo last week.

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