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Japan is heading for the eco friendly nation.

A snow air-conditioning system - the new clean energy.

This is the type of air-conditioning system that will be used in the International Media Center, where the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit will be held. With this system, snow stored in a thermally insulated room cools the air in the room, and this cooled air is then circulated. The system has attracted attention as a clean energy that is unique to Hokkaido.

During the summit session on environmental issues, next generation vehicles will be used as shuttle buses between the Summit Meeting venue (the Windsor Hotel Toya), the International Media Center (Rusutsu Resort), and Toyako-onsen. In addition, various other environmentally friendly measures will be enforced for the entire operation of the Summit, covering everything from the procurement of office equipment and supplies to waste management.

In addition to the snow air-conditioning system, solar panels (some are transparent) and green walls made of thinned wood were adopted especially for the International Media Center. The Environmental Showcase will be held in this facility to exhibit Japan's latest environmental technologies, which include fuel cells, heat pumps, solar energy, carbon fibers, water treatment, and next generation vehicles.

Environmental consideration for the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit

The Windsor Hotel TOYA

Toyako: Japan's premier mountain resort.
Situated in the southern part of Hokkaido, an island located at the northernmost point of Japan, Toyako is blessed with a vast expanse of land and an abundance of nature. Toyako is one of the foremost mountain resorts in Japan, with Lake Toya and Mt. Usu at its front and surrounded by the Pacific Ocean at its back. Toyako-onsen, a hot spring resort, is located to the south of the lake, while the Windsor Hotel Toya, a high-end resort hotel that will serve as the venue for the upcoming G8 Summit, is located to the east. With golf, horse trekking, and canoeing available in the summer, skiing and snowshoe trekking in the winter, and fishing and camping throughout the year, visitors can enjoy a trip to Toyako all year round.

Toyako can be reached from New Chitose Airport by limited express train in about two and a half hours.

Toyako is located near to Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, which is known internationally for the Sapporo Snow Festival.

For tourist information on Hokkaido, please visit the following website
http://www.jnto.go.jp/eng/
location/regional/
hokkaido/index.html

Green meeting report — G8 Kobe Environment Ministers Meeting 2008

Environmental issues were also seriously addressed at the G8 Kobe Environment Ministers Meeting 2008, which was held in May 2008 prior to the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.

Efforts have been made to use biofuels and low-emission vehicles like fuel-cell cars and hydrogen cars, to use simplified ice coolers (a kind of simplified version of the snow air-conditioning system), to reduce the amount of energy consumed in the transportation of food ingredients through the promotion of local production for local consumption and to adopt carbon offsets through the purchasing of The Certificate of Green Power.

Environmental care was taken over every aspect of the meeting, including the promotion of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle), the non-use of disposable tableware, the serving of drinking water in jugs instead of PET bottles, and the use of environmentally friendly products for meeting materials and supplies.

Environmental Care at G8 Environment Ministers Meeting

Kobe Portopia Hotel

Kobe: A port city of sophisticated grace.
Developed as one of the first major trading ports to open in Japan, Kobe has a distinctly cosmopolitan atmosphere and a culture that lies somewhere in between the cultures of Japan and the West or Asia. The century-old Nada sake breweries are a major Kobe tourist attraction. The city is equally well represented by its wine, cheese, and chocolate, not to mention its world-famous Kobe beef and pearls.
The Kobe International Conference Center is located on Port Island, a manmade island, in Kobe. This convention center has hosted thousands of conferences since its opening in 1981 and is located just minutes from the newly opened Kobe Airport.

For more detail, please visit the following website:
http://www.kcva.or.jp/
convention/english/
index.html

COP10, BIODIVERSITY, in Nagoya

Since the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 on the 3rd session of COP for global-warming, the actions of measures countries to meet the commitment have attracted interest worldwide. Even in Japan's convention market, planners are becoming green conscious, ever more.

On May 30, 2008, immediately after the G8 Kobe Environment Ministers Meeting 2008, a decision was taken to hold the 10th session of COP for biodiversity, COP10, in Nagoya, Aichi. The United Nations has declared 2010, the year in which the conference is to be held, as the International Year of Biodiversity. This year is also the target year for parties to the resolution reached at COP6 (held in The Hague, Netherlands in 2002) to bring biodiversity loss to a halt. The conference will also be a milestone event as new goals will be set for the following 10 years, from 2011 to 2020.

As the Kyoto Protocol, an environmental treaty closely related to biodiversity, was adopted here in Japan, the world will be watching what action Japan, as the host of this key conference for biodiversity, will take in the future, and what course it will steer for the conference.

Convention on Biological Diversity
Conference of the Parties (COP)

Nagoya: City of history and industry
Located between Tokyo and Osaka, the medieval castle town of Nagoya is an important business hub, with ties to the automotive industry. Home of Toyota and many other large companies, the city is also an artistic center, famous for its Noh and Kabuki theatre, as well as its ceramic production.
The Nagoya Congress Center boasts world-class facilities which can cater to large conferences of up to 5,000 people. Nagoya also has a broad spectrum of accommodation options, both Western and Japanese, for all price ranges.

For more detail, please visit the following website:
http://www.ncvb.or.jp/en/
contents/

Coming soon! More selection for your comfortable stay

Accommodation is an important part of any trip. Especially if you have to participate in long meetings or conventions, you will be definitely in search for a relaxing place.

In Japan, there are numerous luxurious and comfortable hotels for your stay, such as the Imperial Hotel, Hotel Okura, Hotel New Otani, Four Seasons Hotel, The Westin, The Peninsula Tokyo, The Ritz-Carlton Tokyo, Hilton Tokyo, Conrad Tokyo, Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, Hyatt Regency Tokyo, The Prince Park Tower Tokyo, and Park Hyatt Tokyo, and the list goes on.

In addition to the above names, the following hotels will be joining the list within the next four years from 2008 to 2011:

Tokyo Disneyland Hotel
to open in July 2008

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, Tokyo
to open in March 2009

The St. Regis Osaka
to open in July 2010

The W Yokohama
to open in May 2011

Hiroshima Sheraton Hotel
(tentative name) scheduled to open in March 2010

Courtyard by Marriot Nara
(tentative name) scheduled to open in April 2010

Westin Sendai
(tentative name) scheduled to open in the summer of 2010

The hotel lineup in Japan is ever expanding. Where would you like to stay next?

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