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Environment Agency to set vice ministerial negotiator.

TOKYO, Oct. 4 Kyodo

The Environment Agency is planning to establish a vice ministerial level official as a negotiator on international environmental issues such as global warming in a reorganized Ministry of Environment to be launched next January, agency officials said Wednesday.

The agency and some sectors of the Heath and Welfare Ministry will be integrated into the new ministry as part of an overall administrative reorganization.

According to the officials, the agency decided to establish the post because a specialist in this field is necessary for international negotiations.

The agency has also decided to post 59 officials across the nation to tackle regional environmental issues, including illegal disposal of waste and pollution by dioxins, the officials said.

Among the 59 officials, 35 will be based in nine cities with each city having four officials, the only exception being Naha with three. The nine cities are Sapporo, Sendai, Omiya in Saitama Prefecture, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Takamatsu in Kagawa Prefecture, Fukuoka and Naha in Okinawa.

The other 24 officials will be assigned to selected prefectural capitals, the officials said.
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Date:Oct 9, 2000
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