Four Japanese students chosen for APEC Junior Conference in February

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

Four high school students have been selected as the Japanese representatives for the APEC Junior Conference to be held next February in Hiroshima. Two of the students are from Hiroshima and two are from other prefectures. They will engage in discussions with other youth from the member countries of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on challenges facing the APEC region and the region's future prospects.

Altogether 33 students submitted applications from throughout Japan. Twelve were from Hiroshima City. The applicants were screened through essays stating the reasons for applying and telephone interviews.

The Japanese representatives include: from Hiroshima, Risa Kushioka, 18, a third-year student at Hiroshima Jogakuin Senior High School, and Richi Miyake, 16, a first-year student at Shudo High School; and from other parts of Japan, Kazuma Kobatake, 15, a fourth-year student at Toin Gakuen in Yokohama, and Moeko Fujii, 16, a second-year student at Shibuya Senior and Junior High School in Tokyo.

Among 20 APEC member countries and regions (not including Japan), 14 countries and regions including the United States, Russia and China have indicated that they will take part in the APEC Junior Conference, as of December 1. The number may increase further.

(Originally published in December 2, 2009)

Related articles
First executive committee meeting of APEC Junior Conference held in Hiroshima (Oct. 26, 2009)
APEC Junior Conference to be held in Hiroshima in February 2010 (Sept. 17, 2009)