GERMANY AND JAPAN ON FOOD AND FUEL: “German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she will push G-8 leaders at this year’s summit in Japan to come up with a common approach for combatting the rise in global food prices. Merkel says action needs to be taken to ensure that agricultural areas are not converted to produce biofuels. . . . Fukuda says he agrees that we ‘need biofuels that do not threaten the production of food.'”