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Asian children to discuss earth's future(February 27, 2008)

TOMOKOMAI -- A Children's Space Summit is to be held in Tomakomai City for three days from May 23 in advance of the Hokkaido Toyako Summit. During the event, whose theme is "The Global Environment as Seen from Space," elementary, junior high and high school students from Asian countries including Japan will hold round-table meetings, and will make proposals about the future of the earth toward the environmental summit in July.

The event will be hosted by an executive committee comprised of Tomakomai City, the Young Astronauts Club - Japan and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The committee plans to invite a representative from each of approximately 5 Asian countries and around 20 Japanese children selected from among numerous applicants, who will discuss the importance of life on the blue planet and the issue of environmental destruction.

Child reporters selected will disseminate the discussions to the world through the Internet, and the committee is hopeful that the proposals will be read by world leaders.

The Children's Space Summit has been organized on the sidelines of the Hokkaido Toyako Summit to make use of the former Soviet Union's Mir space station displayed in the Tomakomai Science Museum. The committee also plans sessions for the exchange of opinions using ham radio, as well as lectures by researchers from JAXA's Earth Observation Research Center. Applications will be accepted from early March.

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