Japan Times Eric Johnston speaks for HIBA Sapporo July 10 on G8 Summit aftermath


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****** Post Summit HIBA meeting*****
Please keep Thursday the 10th of July free. The Hokkaido International Business Association will deliver and provide a very interesting meeting.

Eric Johnston from the Japan times will be speaking to HIBA and invited guests. Topic:

By ERIC JOHNSTON, Deputy Editor, The Japan Times


With the Group of Eight (G-8) Leaders’ Summit concluding on July 9th, the world is now asking what next for progress on a post Kyoto Protocol climate change treaty, aid for Africa, the price of oil, the food crisis, and other issues that G-8 leaders addressed. Did the Lake Toya Summit make any progress on these issues, or was it a waste of time and taxpayer money?


At the same time, many in Hokkaido are anxiously wondering what, exactly, the effect of hosting the summit will have the region’s economic and social development. Hopes are high, but are they too high? Meanwhile, Japan’s English language media, seeing the sharp increase in international tourists to Hokkaido these last few years, are now wondering if the summit will lead to more foreigners visiting and moving to Hokkaido.


Eric Johnston, deputy editor of The Japan Times, will address these summit-related questions in a presentation on July 10th, the day after the summit’s conclusion. A two-decade resident of the Kansai region, Eric covered the U.S. delegation at the Lake Toya summit. He has been a frequent visitor to Hokkaido since 2001, having visited the region over a dozen times. Eric is especially eager to meet HIBA members, and get their advice on how The Japan Times might better service the Hokkaido region.

A room at Kaderu 2.7, downtown Sapporo, has been reserved. Meeting from 7pm.
Please find the URL re the location of Kaderu 2 7.


We are in room 110 (1st floor) which has a capacity of about 30 people.

A wrap up of the summit as well as media issues in Japan will be discussed by Eric. It is not every day we have someone like Eric agree to speak at one of our meetings. Please support by your attendance. An RSVP is required to ensure you get somewhere to sit.

Regards, Craig Parkhill, HIBA


1 comment on “Japan Times Eric Johnston speaks for HIBA Sapporo July 10 on G8 Summit aftermath

  • George Smith says:

    I too was stopped, twice, by the police in Takaragaike Park, Kyoto last week. The Kyoto International Conference Center (Kokusaikaikan) is attached to the park, and a ‘summit’ was going on in the conference center. I went into the park for a walk and to listen to an iPod audiobook. While I was sitting on a park bench a policeman wandered over and asked me where I was from and what I was doing in Japan. I told him I was a resident and I was presently in between jobs. He then sauntered off only to return five minutes later to ask to look in bag, which he did. He then asked me what I was listening too. I told him a documentary account of the Rape Nankin (joke). Anyway, he seemed satisfied. But, I thought I’d better leave the park and head home, as wasn’t feeling my usual self. As I was exiting the park, two policemen on bicycles pulled up beside me. They too wanted to know who I was and what I was doing. They too searched my bag and even took down my particulars from my gaijin card. I did note they didn’t stop any of the Japanese strollers, joggers or skateboarders in the park.


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