OCTOBER JAPAN-PACIFIC ISLANDS NATIONS SUMMIT IN TOKYO TO INVOLVE JAPAN'S

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EMPEROR, PRIME MINISTER, AND FOREIGN MINISTER

HONOLULU (July 9, 1997 - PIDP/CPIS)---Next October's Japan-Pacific Islands Nations summit meeting in Tokyo is shaping up to be a very impressive affair.

Japan's Prime Minister Ryutaro Hashimoto will offer the keynote address and Foreign Minister Yukihito Ikeda will chair the main, full-day working session on October 13.

In Honolulu, Vice Consul Noriyuki Nakamura of the Consulate-General of Japan told the PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT that a luncheon or other special social function with Emperor Akihito also is planned.

The primary purpose of the Tokyo summit is explore new approaches to achieving economic self-sufficiency in the Pacific Islands nations.

Among the specific topics to be considered will be Japan-Pacific Islands Nations trade, investment, and tourism.

Already invited to participate in the October 12 - 15 meeting with Japan's highest-level leaders are the Presidents and Prime Ministers of the 16 South Pacific Forum nations, including Australia and New Zealand, and the Forum's Secretary-General.

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