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Japan to pick Aichi Pref. for G-20 foreign ministers’ meeting

  • March 2, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 1:50 p.m.
  • English Press

The Japanese government plans to choose Aichi Prefecture to host next year’s foreign ministers’ meeting of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies, a government source said Friday.


The village of Kutchan in Hokkaido, known as a ski resort in Japan’s northernmost main island, is the current top pick for the G-20 tourism ministers’ meeting, the source said.


Japan will assume the G-20 presidency for the first time next year. It has already announced the leaders’ summit will be held in the western city of Osaka and the meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in the southwestern city of Fukuoka.


Aichi, centering on Nagoya in central Japan, had expressed interest in hosting the summit before it went to Osaka.


Niigata Prefecture, along the Sea of Japan coast, is a contender to host the agriculture ministers’ meeting, while Okayama Prefecture in western Japan is in the running for the health ministers’ meeting, the source said.


Around eight ministerial meetings are expected to be held in the country.


Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the government’s top spokesman, said at a press conference that the selections will be made “primarily from those regions that have expressed an interest in hosting the ministerial meetings, from the perspective of regional revitalization.”


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has already met with lawmakers representing Hokkaido, Niigata and Ehime to hear their requests to host meetings.


The G-20 groups Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

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