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Kyoto to host 2020 U.N. crime congress

  • August 15, 2017
  • , Kyodo News , 10:21 a.m.
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TOKYO — The Justice Ministry said Tuesday the city of Kyoto will host a major U.N. meeting on crime prevention in April 2020.


It will be the first U.N. Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to be held in Japan since 1970, when Kyoto was also the host city.


With the meeting taking place just ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the ministry wants to demonstrate Japan’s safety while trying to raise its profile in the field of criminal justice, officials said.


The congress is the world’s largest gathering on crime prevention and criminal justice, with such government officials as justice ministers and top prosecutors, and representatives of civil society discussing measures to combat terrorism and crimes.


The meeting has been held every five years since the first session took place in 1955. The last congress was hosted by Qatar’s capital Doha in 2015, bringing together about 4,000 people from 149 countries.


After it was decided in 2015 that the next session will be held in Japan, Kyoto, Osaka, Yokohama, Kobe and Fukuyama, Hiroshima Prefecture, bid to host it, with Kyoto and Osaka shortlisted.


Kyoto was eventually chosen as the host in view of U.N. officials’ inspections of the two cities in early July and of the facilities there. The Kyoto International Conference Center will be the venue for the 2020 meeting.

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