Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe on June 23, 2015 announced to host next Group of Seven summit (G7). The summit will be held on May 26-27, 2016. The main summit is expected to be held at the Shima Kanko Hotel on Kashikojima Island in Ago Bay. The G7 countries comprise Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the US.

Group of Seven Summit will take place in 2016 in the picturesque but isolated city of Shima, situated at the end of a peninsula in Mie Prefecture. The announcement was made by Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at Haneda airport in Tokyo before departing for this year’s G-7 summit in Elmau, Germany. Many cities lobbied to host the lucrative meeting, which will bring together the leaders of Japan, the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Canada and Italy. The meetings of the G-7 foreign and finance ministers would be held prior to the main summit in some of the seven candidate cities.

Selection of summit venue

The venue was selected based on factors including their security and traffic environments, and the symbolic message Japan will be able to send from the venue. The other cities in contention were Sendai, Niigata, Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture, Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture, Nagoya, Kobe and Hiroshima.

The island is linked to the mainland by only two bridges, which is considered an advantage due to the tight security that usually accompanies a G-7 meeting.

Shima is part of Iseshima, a region in southeastern Mie that is popular with tourists visiting Ise Shrine. Ago Bay is famous as the place where Japanese pearl farming began in 1893 and remains a major production area today.

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