2023 Hiroshima Summit: Government decides on Prince Hotel to be main venue and Prefectural Sports Center to be media center

by Masaharu Nakagawa, Staff Writer

On December 22, the Japanese government announced the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima, located in the city’s Minami Ward, would be the main venue for the summit meeting of G7 (The Group of Seven industrialized nations) to be held in Hiroshima next May. The international media center that functions as a base for the press will be set up at the Hiroshima Prefectural Sports Center located in the city’s Naka Ward.

On this day, the relevant government ministries and agencies held the second session of the G7 Hiroshima Summit preparatory meeting at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence. Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Shunichi Kuryu, who chaired the meeting, stated, “The entire government will make concerted efforts to ensure a smooth operation, comprehensive security arrangements and strategic public relations including the promotion of Japan’s unique appeal.” As it takes over the chair for the G7 Summit Meeting early in the new year, the Japanese government will accelerate preparations for hosting the meeting in a smooth manner, including public relations and security.

The Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima was used as the venue for the G7 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting that preceded the 2016 Ise-Shima Summit. At the end of last year, the government received from the Hiroshima Prefectural Government and the City of Hiroshima a proposal to host the event at the Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima as the main venue. The decision was made based on the location of the hotel, which faces the Seto Inland Sea and will facilitate ensuring the utmost protection of the visiting dignitaries.

Also confirmed was the general direction of the theme Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and leaders of the representative countries will discuss. In addition to regional affairs and the global economy as relates to the situation in Ukraine, climate change and health care, the summit is positioned as an opportunity to resolve issues related to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Moving forward, the government will focus its effort on traffic regulations, voluntary restraints related to maritime navigation and terror prevention to ensure the smooth operation of various meetings associated with the summit. It will also strengthen PR activities. Starting with Hiroshima, the government will also focus its efforts on promoting Japanese culture and attractions of tourist destinations.

(Originally published on December 23, 2022)