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J8 Summit comes to a close (July 10, 2008)

Japanese representatives hand the J8 Summit flag to their Italian counterparts (right), who will host the event next year

CHITOSE - The Junior Eight (J8) Summit 2008 Chitose Shikotsuko involving junior and senior high school students from 15 nations ended on July 9 at its venue in Chitose City.

Representatives from Italy, next year's host country, took possession of the 4 x 1.6-meter J8 Summit logo flag from four Japanese representatives, and expressed determination to continue the expression of proposals to the world from the perspective of the younger generation.

Approximately 100 people attended the closing ceremony, where Chitose Mayor Kotaro Yamaguchi encouraged the youngsters and expressed hope that their experiences in Chitose would help them work to support the earth in the future.

During the J8 Summit, the participants put forward a total of 13 proposals - including the establishment of international treaties to reduce greenhouse gas emissions - to form the Chitose Declaration, which was presented to the G8 leaders. Action plans that can be implemented by young people were also formulated.

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