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AKITA (Kyodo) Akita University, known for studies on mineralogy, will help a national university in Botswana establish a department to develop human resources skilled in research and exploitation of mineral resources, the university said.

Japan has been making diplomatic efforts to secure rare metals from abroad. The two countries agreed to jointly look for rare metals in 2007, and Japan started helping Botswana with satellite-based resource exploration last year, Akita University said.

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