Asiatica Association

AJISS-Commentary no. 64

17 apr 2009, archived in papers

It has been just published AJISS-Commentary no. 64 "Why is the Pacific Islands Summit Important?", by Izumi Kobayashi.

The paper deals with the meaning and importance of the fifth Japan-Pacific Islands Forum Summit Meeting, which will be held in May in Tomamu, Hokkaido. Leaders from 16 Pacific island countries and territories, including Australia and New Zealand, will meet and the Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso is expected to announce the idea of creating a "Pacific environmental community". The thesis of Prof. Kobayashi is that Japan will host this meeting basically to support the development of smaller islands.