G-20 to Highlight Energy Security after Tanker Attacks

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Tokyo, June 14 (Jiji Press)--Energy security has emerged as a key issue at an upcoming Group of 20 meeting in Japan due to Thursday's attacks on two tankers, including one operated by a Japanese company, near the Strait of Hormuz.

"Ensuring energy security is an important policy task that should be shared," Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko told a news conference Friday.

He will cochair the two-day meeting of the G-20 energy and environment ministers from Saturday in Karuizawa in the central prefecture of Nagano.

Japan apparently aims to underline the importance of energy security, including the safe navigation of tankers, as nearly 90 pct of Japan's crude oil imports are from the Middle East.

"We hope to deepen discussions on concerns over and threats to energy security as well as on international cooperation to deal with them," Seko said.

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