Flags unfurled to welcome G8 nations and EU to Hiroshima

by Osamu Kido, Staff Writer

On August 28, in preparation for the G8 Summit of Lower House Speakers, the city of Hiroshima raised the national flags of the eight participating nations and the flag of the EU on the south end of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The nine flags fluttered colorfully in the air, lifting the mood of welcome for the conference.

Hiroshima has installed nine poles, approximately eight meters tall, in a grassy belt along Peace Boulevard south of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The flags of Japan and the EU fly on the poles on both ends while the flags of the other seven nations appear in between in alphabetical order.

The Hiroshima Association for the Support of the G8 Speakers’ Meeting, composed of Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture, local business circles, and other entities, has also put up banners and posters throughout downtown Hiroshima to promote the G8 Speakers’ Meeting.

(Originally published on August 29, 2008)