About G7/G20 Youth Summits (Y7/Y20)

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Y7 Summit and Y20 Summit (hereafter referred to as Y7 & Y20 Summits) are international conferences for youth leaders representing their own countries. As the official engagement group of G7 and G20 Summits, Y7 & Y20 Summits are held annually, hosted or supported by the host country of G7 and G20 Summit. Youth under 40 from a diverse background, such as researchers, government officials, and students, will convene ahead of G7 and G20 Summits and make policy recommendations by submitting the communique to G7 and G20. Y7 & Y20 Summits aim to propose solutions to various challenges faced by today’s international community by promoting mutual understanding among youth at the forefront of the world.
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Y7 & Y20 Summits are regarded as a precious opportunity to reflect youth’s ideas to G7 and G20. Communiques adopted at Y7 & Y20 Summits are sometimes directly noted at G7 and G20 discussion, and youth delegates have the chance to meet top leaders from the host country.
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Y20 members and President Putin
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Y20 members and Chancellor Merkel
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Y7 members and G7 Sherpas
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Y7 members and G7 Sherpas
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 Y20 members and Prime Minister Abe
Typically, the host country of the G20 Summit also hosts Y20 Summit, while the host country of the G7 Summit also hosts Y7 Summit. The figure below shows the Y7 & Y20 Summits for the past three years.
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Hosting Y20 Summit 2019

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When the G20 Summit was held in Japan for the first time in 2019, we hosted the Y20 Summit. Please see the report below for details.
[Media Appearance]
Prime Minister’s Office Homepage
https://www.kantei.go.jp/jp/98_abe/actions/201905/29hyokei.html
G20 Summit 2019 Homepage
https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/gaiko/g20/osaka19/jp/engagementgroups/
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Homepage
https://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/ecm/ec/page4_005009.html
Nikkei
https://www.nikkei.com/article/DGKKZO46087970U9A610C1EAC000/
Nikkei’s Feature Article
https://www.nikkei.com/nkd/company/article/?DisplayType=1&ng=DGKKZO46087970U9A610C1EAC000&scode=8031&ba=8
Feature Page for 2019 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award
https://www.ibm.org/initiatives/ibm-volunteers/stories/2019-ibm-volunteer-excellence-award-winners
Many others
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Hosting Y7 Summit 2016

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We hosted Y7 Summit along with G7 Ise-Shima Summit. This was the first Y7 Summit to be hosted in Japan and also the first in the world to be hosted alongside the G7 Summit.

When Russia hosted G8 Summit in 2014, Y8 Summit was canceled due to the crisis in Crimea. When Germany hosted G7 Summit in 2015, Y7 Summit was also canceled since the significance of the event was questioned. There was a sense of crisis that G7/G8 would never come with a summit that allows youth engagement.

​Along with G7 Summit in 2019 hosted by Japan, we planned the “Y7 Summit.” We planned to invite five young professionals well-versed in G7 agendas from each of the G7 countries and the European Union to Japan, discuss international issues with over 400 general participants from Japan, and submit recommendations to be utilized in decision-making at G7. The Japanese government officials well understood this concept, and we successfully finished the summit with support from various entities and individuals.

​We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all those who supported our organization in hosting the summit.

[Organizing Committee for Y7 Summit Japan 2016 ]

Soichiro Chiba (Chairman)

Mitsuki Nakamura (Head of delegate)

Shun Ohno (Delegate)

Kaori Tsuji (Delegate)

Hanami Negishi (Delegate)

Ririka Takahashi (Delegate)

Tomohiro Harada (Delegate)

Tomoya Okabe (Delegate)

Masahiro Watanabe (Delegate)

Haruka Sano (Delegate)

[Under the auspice of]

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

[Sponsored by]

U.S. Embassy & Consulates in Japan

The Japan Research Institute

Accenture Japan

Suntory Holdings

Japan Tabacco

Japan Airlines

Dr. Ryo Kubota, Visiting Professor at Faculty of Medicine, Keio University

Mr. Kosei Oboshi

[Advisors]

Tadahiro Abe (Visiting Professor at Meij University Gradate School; Lecturer at Keio University; Former Abmassador)
Shigeo Kashiwagi (Professor at Keio University)

[Letter/Video Message]

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe​

Chiba Prefecture Governor Eikei Suzuki

[Speakers]

Sukehiro Hasegawa (Former Special Represenative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for Timor-Leste; Director at the United Nations Association of Japan)

Jesper Koll (Chief Executive Officer of WisdomTree Japan Inc)

Takuya Kudo (Japan’s Managing Director at Accenture Data Science Center of Excellence and Accenture Analytics)

Kunio Senga (Chief Exective Officer of Save the Children Japan)

Yoshiteru Uramoto (Professor at Sophia University; Former Regional Director of the ILO Regional Office for the Asia and the Pacific)

Sara Abe (Project Assistant Professor at the University of Tokyo)

Ryugo Hayano (Professor at the University of Tokyo)

Naoko Yamazaki (Astronaut)

Reiko Hayashi (Director of the Department of International Research and Cooperation, National Institute of Population and Social Security Studies)

[Assisted by]

School of International Liberal Studies, Waseda University

Rihga Royal Hotel

Hotel Chinzanso Tokyon

​Cabinet Office

Mie Prefectural Assembly 

Yang, Li Ming Professor at Waseda University

Graham Law Professor at Waseda University

Sterenberg, Matthew Kane Professor at Waseda University

Muehlheisen, Victoria Professor at Waseda University  

[Media Appearance]

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Homepage
http://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/ms/is_s/page22_002606.html

NHK World

Broadcasted on May 3rd, 2016

NHK ONLINE

Article posted on May 3rd, 2016

THE HUFFINGTON POST blog
http://www.huffingtonpost.jp/…/y7-summit-2016-japan_b_12098…

News at Waseda University Homepage
https://www.waseda.jp/top/news/43208

Mita-Hyoron, Keio University

June 2016 Issue