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Okinawa sets example hosting the G-8 Technology Ministers

Date Posted: 2008-06-20

Technology ministers from the G-8 countries found themselves riding hybrid buses running on hydrogen fuels as they arrived in Okinawa for a pre-G8 Summit conference.

Okinawa is at the forefront of science technology, using the FCHV-BUS to promote methods to curb global warming. Japan’s Science Technology Minister, Fumio Kishida, says “to resolve global warming problems, we need this science technology.” Okinawa hosted the weekend conference in Nago City, with 15 nations participating.

Aside from global warming, global food shortages and how to seek commitments from member nations topped the ministers’ agenda. They discussed supporting technology growth for developing nations, including Africa, and how to best support realignment of resources to promote economic growth.

The Technology Ministerial Summit is part of the Hokkaido Toyako G-8 Summit, and the first program to be held in Okinawa. All G-8 nations—Japan, America, Canada, France, Germany, Russia, Italy and England—participated, as well as representatives from the European Union, Brazil, China, India, Mexico, the Philippines, Korea and South Africa.

“Okinawa is the international place for everything,” said Kishida, adding “science technology has advanced Okinawa Prefecture more than any place else in the country.” The science technology minister held a conference with junior high school students in Naha City while on the island, encouraging them to study hard. He told the talented students they are the young generation that must be recognized as the technology leaders of the future, and encouraged them to develop ambition.

Okinawa’s governor, Hirokazu Nakaima, welcomed the ministers during a reception at Okinawa Kariyushi Beach Resort Ocean Spa Hotel, offering toasts with Okinawan awamori, then an evening of local entertainment. Prefecture Assembly and Diet members, along with graduates of university science technology programs, shared views on world technology difficulties with the ministers.

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