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July 2008
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Japan Welcomes World Leaders to G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit
From June 7th to 9th, Yasuo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan hosted a meeting of G8 leaders in Toyako, Hokkaido. Heads of all the Group of Eight Nations, including U.S. President George W. Bush, joined the three-day summit at a hotel near Lake Toyako. In addition to the G8 chiefs, meetings were held with leaders of African states and emerging industrial powers like China and India. Members of the G8 conducted intensive discussions about how to tackle pressing global challenges.
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Climate Change Tops Summit Agenda
Climate change was a key agenda item at the recent G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit. With the effects of global warming beginning to be felt around the world, there is a consensus that this issue must be addressed before posing a serious threat to future generations. A month prior to the summit (on June 9th), Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda gave a speech stressing the need to halve global CO2 emissions by the year 2050 to create a low-carbon society.
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Japan Coast Guard Training Vessel "Kojima" Visits Baltimore
The Japan Coast Guard training vessel "Kojima" visited the Port of Baltimore from June 20- 25, 2008, as part of a three month deep-sea training exercise. The purpose of this exercise is not only to provide the necessary knowledge and technical training for the Japan Coast Guard officers, but also, by visiting foreign ports, to provide the Japan Coast Guard with an opportunity to gain greater insight into international affairs and promote international friendship.
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Culture Connection
 Spend Summer with Haruki Murakami
Summer vacation means summer reading. So now is the perfect time to explore the fantastic worlds of one of Japan's most popular and critically acclaimed novelists, Haruki Murakami. Readers in Japan and fans of literature around the globe have long been captivated by Murakami's strange and surreal tales. His best-known books like "Norwegian Wood," "A Wild Sheep Chase," "The Wind-up Birds Chronicle" "Sputnik Sweetheart" and "Kafka on the Shore"...
The Ancient Roots of Manga: The Choju Giga Scrolls
Japan is at the epicenter of today's worldwide manga (comics) craze. But you may be surprised to learn just how far back in history the genre spans. Osamu Tezuka (1928 -- 1989), creator of Astro Boy, is often called "the father of manga" for his innovative techniques and influence in the field. Going further into the past, there are even manga drawn by Hokusai Katsushika, the celebrated Edo-era ukiyoe artist (1760 -- 1849). But the roots of manga can actually be traced back centuries.
Ambassador Desk

It has been a busy and eventful July. First and foremost, Japan hosted a major annual gathering of world leaders in northern Japan, the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit. As Prime Minister Fukuda pointed out at the event's press conference, the meeting comes at a critical time. Around the world people are feeling the effects of problems like global warming, soaring oil and food prices, and declining financial markets.

Event Calendar
July 10 - August 14
Tapestry in Architecture: Creating Human Spaces
Japan Society
July 11 - August 30
Art Student Exhibition 2008

ISE Cultural Foundation, NY gallery
Films Exhibitions
11/24 - Fall,08
Cornucopia: Recent Acquisitions in Japanese Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
5/3 - 10/11
Good Things in Small Packages
Forbes Galleries

6/12 - 10/25
Warriors & Entertainers 
/ Japanese Woodblock Prints

The Alice T. Miner Museum
7/8 - 8/9"I am" by Ayumi Kato Michi Gallery
7/10 - 8/15 Paper City
Mixed Greens Gallery
7/10 - 9/27
The Voice of the Stone -Sculptural Works
Ippodo Gallery

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