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Government Survey Mission Inspects and Selects Toya as Summit Venue (March 27, 2007)

The government survey mission responsible for selecting the site for the G8 Summit to be hosted by Japan in 2008 arrived in Hokkaido on the 26th to inspect The Windsor Hotel Toya (Toyako Town, Iburi Subprefecture), which is due to be the main venue, as well as facilities in the city of Date.

The survey mission comprised 11 members, including Kazuya Nashida, Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Economic Affairs Bureau, and representatives from the National Police Agency. Under the guidance of Vice-governor Kunihiko Yamamoto and representatives from Hokkaido, members of the mission confirmed the size of conference halls and the existence of any security-related problems, and also posed questions regarding the state of the communications infrastructure of the Press Center and accommodation facilities.

Vice-governor Yamamoto emphasized to the survey mission the significance of the Toyako region hosting the event, claiming it can provide the safe and tranquil environment vital to the success of the Summit. According to Yamamoto, "This provides the opportunity for Japan to appeal to the world regarding its approach in aiming toward a 'mature society' in which economic growth and the natural environment exist in harmony."

After the inspection, Vice-governor Yamamoto told members of the media, "The mission was able to sense the enthusiasm we have for the Summit."

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