"NEVER END"--Summit Theme Song's Singer and Producer
pay Courtesy Call to G8 Chairman

July 11,2000

From left: Mr. Tetsuya Komuro, Prime Minister Mori, and Ms. Namie Amuro.

A Kyusyu-Okinawa Summit poster featuring a verse of "NEVER END"
The G8 Kyushu-Okinawa Summit started with the Finance Ministers' Meeting in Fukuoka, July 8, and the Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Miyazaki, July 12-13. As the G8 Summit was proceeding to its culmination, the Meeting of Heads of State and Government to be held from July 21 to 23, 2000, at Bankoku Shinryokan, Nago City, Okinawa, the singer and the producer of the Summit theme song, "NEVER END", paid a courtesy call to the G8 Chairman, Prime Minister Mori, in Tokyo.

On the afternoon of July 11, 2000, Ms. Namie Amuro, who is from Okinawa and sings "NEVER END", and Mr. Tetsuya Komuro, who had produced it, visited Prime Minister Mori at the Prime Minister's Official Residence, and presented the G8 Chair with a compact disc of the Summit theme song. Prime Minister Mori,who was exerting himself to ensure that the G8 Summit of the year 2000 in Asia would be a success with a powerful message being issued on its three themes, namely, "greater prosperity" , "deeper peace of mind" and "greater world stability", was very glad to receive the gift from two of the most popular musicians in Japan.

"NEVER END" will be performed at the reception of the Summit on July 22.

The CD of the Summit theme song went on sale on July 12 and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Japan Committee for UNICEF to protect the lives of children worldwide.

Photos courtesy of Prime Minister's Office