Japan Speeding Up Preparations for G-20 Summit, Ministerial Talks

Politics

Osaka, March 16 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government is accelerating preparations for the summit of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies in the western Japan city of Osaka in June and related ministerial sessions to be held in other parts of the country this year.

The leaders' meeting alone is expected to bring together as many as 30,000 people, including officials from member economies and journalists. It will be the first time for Japan to host a G-20 summit.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry, which is playing a central role in the preparations, faces a host of challenges, such as providing accommodations to delegates and ensuring security of conference venues.

In first, the G-20 economies are slated to hold a meeting of their agriculture ministers in the city of Niigata, central Japan, on May 11-12, to be followed by a meeting of their finance ministers and central bank chiefs in the southwestern city of Fukuoka on June 8-9 and other ministerial gatherings, ahead of the G-20 summit on June 28-29.

Some events are scheduled after the summit, including a meeting of foreign ministers in the central city of Nagoya on Nov. 22-23.

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