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Japan has maintained its leadership with respect to food and agriculture in Africa, Nwanze said, pointing to its commitment to African development through the Tokyo International Conference on African Development that began in 1993.

He also noted that because former Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda raised the issue of food security at the 2008 Group of Eight summit in Toyako, Hokkaido, the Joint Statement on Global Food Security was signed at the G8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy, in July.

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