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G8 leaders' spouses visit market in Makkari (July 8, 2008)

Makkari - While the Group of Eight leaders were discussing a raft of global issues, their partners interacted with locals on a visit to a special market named Kita no Marche ("Northern Market") in Shiribeshi Subprefecture's Makkari Village on July 8.

The market was set up by an executive committee comprised of local agricultural and fishery cooperatives with the aim of publicizing the region's abundance of foodstuffs to the rest of the world. Modeled in the style of a French market, Kita no Marche sells a range of goods including vegetables fresh from the ground, seafood and dairy products from under covered stalls.

Six spouses including Kiyoko Fukuda, wife of the Japanese prime minister, looked around the stalls and sampled cherries and strawberries. Laura Bush, wife of the U.S. president, had a second helping of lily bulb croquettes.

After touring the market, the group had lunch at the adjacent Maccarina French restaurant.

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