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Eel-crazy Japan spooked by global conservation efforts

Japan accounts for nearly 70% of the world's eel consumption.

TOKYO -- International moves to protect eel stocks have Japan concerned about possible trade restrictions on one of the country's favorite delicacies.

Signatories to the Washington Convention -- formally known as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora -- unanimously agreed at a conference in South Africa on Sunday to hold a special meeting to discuss how to conserve eel populations.

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