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One-Year-Before-Summit ceremony held in Nago

Date Posted: 1999-07-30

A flag raising ceremony and unveiling of a sign, which counts down the days to the year 2000 G-8 summit was held at the courtyard of the Nago City Hall.

At the ceremony, the children’s Taiko group, “Musou Daiko” performed and high school students from Hokubu Nourin High School, Ryouta Yaka, Aki Teruya and Shingo Taira presented the ‘Summit Melon’ they had raised as a present to Nago City. The signboard that counts down the days to the summit is a present from the Hokubu Office Chairman of the Okinawa Prefecture Construction Association.

In his speech Hokubu Office Chairman Kunio Kyan confessed that they were somewhat at loss as what to do to help to make the summit successful when the decision was made that Nago City was to be the location of the summit. He also commented that he and other members of the construction association hope the summit would end with a success.

Nago City Mayor Tateo Kishimoto thanked all the people who presented gifts to the city. He said that he would like to get as many people as possible to cooperate in order to make the summit successful. He also said that Nago City is lucky to have the summit on ‘Uruu-doshi,’ a year that occurs once in every seven years that has one extra day. “This allows us one extra day to dedicate to planning and practicing for the summit,” Kishimoto stated.

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