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 The Group of Eight (G8) Summit is an annual meeting attended by the leaders of the eight countries, namely, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, and the President of the European Commission. "Summit" in the strict sense means a leaders' meeting, but it usually refers to a series of meetings which include those of foreign ministers and finance ministers that are held prior to the leaders' meeting.

The host country of the Summit holds the G8 presidency for the entire calendar year. The Presidency carries out preparatory meetings and prepares for the Summit meeting, Foreign Ministers' meeting and Finance Ministers' meeting. Furthermore, the Presidency may call for emergency meetings as necessary in light of international situations at a given time.

In the past, Japan has assumed the G8 Presidency for four times, namely, in 1979, 1986, 1993, and 2000. In 2008, Japan will assume the Presidency for the fifth time and will hold the Summit in Hokkaido Toyako.

3rd Day of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit

On the final day of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda continued discussions with the G8 leaders.
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2nd Day of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit

On the 2nd day of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda held G8 working sessions in which the leaders discussed major topics of the Summit.
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1st Day of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda held the outreach working session, opening the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.
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The Day Before the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda arrived in Toyako Town, Abuta County, Hokkaido, to hold the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.
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Summit-related meetings have been and will be held since this March, prior to G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in July, 2008.

G8 Development Ministers' Meeting(April 5 to 6)
G8 Labour and Employment Ministers' Meeting
(May 11 to 13)

G8 Environment Ministers Meeting(May 24 to 26)
TICAD IV(The Fourth Tokyo International Conference on African Development)(May 28 to 30)
G8 Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting(June 11 to 13)
G8 Finance Ministers Meeting(June 13 to 14)
G8 Science and Technology Ministers' Meeting(June 15)
G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting(June 26 to 27)[Kyoto Committee for 2008 G8 Foreign Ministers Meeting]

The Prime Minister held a three-day forum of the 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV)
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda held the 4th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD IV) in Yokohama City.
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The Prime Minister Exchanges Opinions on TICAD IV with Ms. Sadako Ogata and Ms. Mayu Tsuruta
Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda invited Ms. Sadako Ogata, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and Ms. Mayu Tsuruta, an actress who is playing an active role as the TICAD IV Goodwill Ambassador, to the Prime Minister's Office and exchanged opinions with them on Africa, among other subjects.
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G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit

This program introduces the summit from various angles: it includes scenes of the wealth of beautiful natural scenery around the venue in Hokkaido, an explanation of the summit logo, and an outline of the main themes to be discussed, such as environmental issues and climate change.
Prime Minister Attends the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (the Davos Meeting)

Prime Minister Fukuda Attends the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum






Prime Minister Fukuda Attends the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum -Prime Minister's Week in Review-

Prime Minister Fukuda Attends the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum
Prime Minister Fukuda's Policy Speech -Prime Minister's Week in Review-

Prime Minister Fukuda's Policy Speech

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