Japan Hosts 42nd Annual G7 Summit Meeting in Ise-Shima
The 42nd G7 Summit, hosted by Japan, was held in Ise-Shima, Mie Prefecture, May 26 – 27, 2016.
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The G7 Ise-Shima Summit is the first G7 Summit to be convened in Asia since the Summit in Toyako, Hokkaido, eight years ago.
The G7 Summit is a forum where leaders from Japan, United States, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Canada, and the European Union, which share fundamental values such as freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and human rights, have frank discussions on solutions that address global challenges.
This time in Ise-Shima, there were fruitful discussions regarding issues confronting the international community such as the global economy and trade, foreign policy, including counter terrorism, the Middle East, Ukraine and North Korea, climate change and energy, sustainable development, quality infrastructure investment, health and women. Outcome documents are available on the Summit website. (http://www.japan.go.jp/g7/summit/documents/index.html )
Ise-Shima was chosen by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as the venue for the G7 Summit so world leaders could experience a perfect example of Japan’s heartland. During the Summit, on the sidelines of meetings, G7 leaders and partners enjoyed several additional events, including an Automated-Driving and Fuel Cell Vehicle Presentation and Paralympic Sports Events.
Automated-Driving and Fuel Cell Vehicle Presentation (May 26, 2016)
The Automated-Driving and Fuel Cell Vehicle Presentation was held on May 26, 2016, in front of Shima Kanko Hotel, the Classic. G7 leaders had the opportunity to experience and test ride Japan’s next generation vehicles on the private road between Shima Kanko Hotel, the Classic and the Bay Suites. The event demonstrated the Japanese government and companies’ active approach and high skill towards the world's safest road traffic society through resolving environmental problems with Japan’s advanced technology.
Presented vehicles were:
Fuel Cell Vehicles
Paralympic Sports Event (May 27, 2016)
Paralympic Sports Event was held on May 27, 2016, at the Ise Football Village located next to the International Media Center. More than 70 students from a local elementary school and a local international school attended the event, which featured games such as wheelchair basketball, boccia and blind soccer. Mrs. Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, Partner of the Prime Minister of Canada, and Mrs. Małgorzata Tusk, Partner of the President of European Council, accompanied by Mrs. Akie Abe, Partner of the Prime Minister of Japan, were invited and enjoyed interactions with the students as they tried the sports. The event played a part in nurturing a deeper understanding to Paralympic sports, and also encouraged international experiences through the sport.
Official photos from the Summit are available for press use from the Summit photo website. (https://g7.i-imageworks.jp/iw/summitphoto/Login.do?page=custom&isRedirect )
Copyright belongs to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
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