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Japan to invite Asian nations to G8 summit: Report

Japan to invite Asian nations to G8 summit: Report

AFP

Tokyo: Japan is considering inviting Asian countries, including India, China and Asean states, to this year’s Group of Eight (G8) summit, a newspaper reported today.

Japan will host the summit in Toyako, a lakeside resort on the northern island of Hokkaido, from July 7 to 9.

Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda plans to invite leaders of China, South Korea and Indonesia as part of an effort to strengthen his country’s ties with its Asian partners, the Nikkei business daily said.

Fukuda plans to ask Thailand, which now chairs the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), to participate, while Australia may be on his invite list.

Japan will also ask regular guest states -- India, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa -- to join in the talks.

A wider invitation is aimed at stimulating debate over climate change, which is high on the summit’s agenda, the report said.

G8 groups Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.

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