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Certificates of the preservation of wetlands were issued under an international treaty to four more sites in Japan at a ceremony Wednesday in the Uruguayan city of Punta del Este.

The four — Yoshigadaira, Hinuma, Higashiyoka and Hizen-Kashima — bring the total number of Ramsar Convention-registered sites in Japan to 50, the most in Asia, according to the Environment Ministry in Tokyo. In the world, about 2,200 wetlands are registered.

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