The 2000 Kyushu-Okinawa Summit: a Sherpa's Perspective
Despite many challenges, Okinawa succeeded in its bid to hold the 2000 G8 Summit. This was primarily because it was the personal preference of the late Japanese Prime Minister Keizô Obuchi, whose decision may have met with some opposition from politicians but was popular with the general public. What type of summit had Japan envisaged? Were the objectives realized and will the Okinawa Summit be remembered as a historic occasion? In the following article, Yoshiji Nogami, deputy minister for foreign affairs and the G8 sherpa (or personal representative) for the Japanese prime minister, answers these questions and gives details of the post-summit work that has taken place since the conclusion of the leaders' meeting.