Japan Government Announces Osaka as Venue for G20 Summit in 2019 (News)


Tokyo, Feb. 21 (Jiji Press)—The first Group of 20 summit to be chaired by Japan will take place in 2019 in Osaka, western Japan, Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga Yoshihide announced Wednesday.

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō has made the final decision on the venue, Suga told a press conference.

"Osaka's experience as a host of an APEC summit was taken into account, as well as its accommodation capacity and security circumstances," the top government spokesman said. The 1995 summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum took place in Osaka.

Meanwhile, a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors from the G20 advanced and emerging economies will be hosted by Fukuoka in the Kyūshū southwestern region, Suga also said.

Specific dates for the two G20 events are yet to be fixed, he added. The government plans to set the summit for late June to early July.

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