~ Country Objectives ~
Japan will come to the summit with its own list of issues. They would be non-economic, “feel good” global issues such as the environment, development, Africa, social welfare and terrorism. They will also likely be an extension of Hashimoto's “caring world” and “global partnership in development” initiatives from Lyon. This year, the “caring world” initiative will likely include social welfare and the aging population, a serious concern for Japan. We can also expect Hashimoto to contribute actively in discussions on terrorism by “sharing” Japan's recent experience with terrorism in Lima, Peru.
Japan will represent itself as the “voice of Asia” at the summit. Being the only Asian member of the summit group, Japan has designated itself as the Asian representative in previous summits. This year, we can expect Japan to stress their role even more. An important factor this year is the ascension of Russia into the summit as a full member. With Russian membership, Japan will be even more isolated in a predominantly Eurocentric summit forum. We can expect Japan to seek support in helping to integrate China further into international forums such as the WTO.
As in past summits, we can expect Japan to bring up issues concerning North Korea. Japan will seek support for multi-lateral aid to North Korea. In particular, Japan will seek a firm financial commitment by the European Union for the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO). This attempt was unsuccessful in Lyon, and we can expect Japan to try again in Denver.
Finally, Japan will seek for support or commitment to UN reforms. The issue of UN reforms is an important one for Japan, and one which they have continued to promote since the Halifax summit. However, it is unlikely that Japan will achieve its goal at Denver. UN reforms will likely continue to be an ongoing issue for future summits to come.
Contributors: Elizabeth Adams, Sachiko Shimizu
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