33 attend meeting of young leaders ahead of G-8 summit+.
A group of 33 young people attended a two-day meeting that began Tuesday in Okinawa ahead of the July 21-23 Group of Eight (G-8) summit, organizers said.
Held at the Okinawa Convention Center in the city of Ginowan, the Young Leaders' Summit gathered graduate students, journalists and foreign students for discussions on peace and harmony in the 21st century. Delegates will also draft a statement that will be submitted to the G-8 summit.
In a keynote address, former U.N. Undersecretary General Yasushi Akashi said that in working toward peace, Japan needs to change its self-reliant stance to a more open and active one.
He also appealed to countries around the world to have "great interest and involvement in the conflicts, peace and stability issues outside their own boundaries."
Organizers said participants will discuss four themes related to political and economic affairs, such as the role of citizens in the realization of a peaceful international society, and the benefits and drawbacks of globalization.
The G-8 comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.