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Women’s forum promotes successful G-8 Summit

By: Marie W. Conway

Date Posted: 1999-08-07

More than 300 women from an all-female committee called “Women Promoting a Successful Summit” met Friday at the Pacific Hotel to hear a lecture given by Yukiko Miyazato, president of Executive Link. Miyazato’s company provides professional services such as convention coordinating translation, interpretation, and language classes to busy executives.

The women’s group held the meeting to hear what Miyazato had learned after attending this year’s G8 Economic Summit meeting in Germany. Miyazato said: “Okinawa could learn much from the Summit held in Cologne, Germany because both summits will be similar in certain aspects, as they are both occupied by foreigners and trade is important to both countries.” Miyazato gave a slide presentation of the Summit held this year, and offered some business selling tips.

With so many dignitaries in the one location, security was very tight in Germany during the Summit. As Okinawa only has about 2,500 police officers, mainland Japan will be supplementing the security force with approximately 17,500 additional officers for next year’s Summit, according to Ms. Miyazato. She also emphasized that Okinawa should provide many musical and cultural demonstrations in order to inform others about its rich culture.

Noriko Nomura, wife of the newly appointed Japanese Ambassador to Okinawa, said since the summit will be held in Okinawa, she hopes mainland Japan will take more interest in learning about Okinawa as well. She added that “In Okinawa, woman power is extremely strong and I know this will make a difference in making this summit a success.”

Nomura said she hopes Okinawans will try to improve their English skills and communicate with the many thousands of foreign dignitaries and guests due to arrive next July. One of Okinawa’s most important industries is tourism, and being able to communicate with visitors is essential to making people feel welcome here.

Okinawa Governor Keiichi Inamine and his wife attended the meeting and expressed their excitement for hosting the summit in Okinawa. Miyazato said: “Gov. Inamine as well as others worked very hard to be the host for next year’s Summit. We owe him greatly and we should work together to make this Summit remarkable.”

Due to the huge influx of visitors from all over the globe scheduled to attend the 2000 Summit, a large number of translators will be required. Those who are conversant in more than one language and would like to volunteer for this spectacular event, e-mail Ms. Miyazato at: execu@msn.com.

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