28 Oct 2013

Japan to 2015 host summit with Pacific in Iwaki

4:37 pm on 28 October 2013

Top leaders from Japan and Pacific island nations will hold a summit in a city near the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2015.

The Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida made the announcement after a meeting of ministers from Japan and the 16-member Pacific Islands Forum in Tokyo to prepare for the triennial summit.

The 2015 meeting will be held in Iwaki, a provincial city located about 40 kilometres from the plant.

Japan has hosted the summit six times since 1977 to discuss a wide range of co-operation issues.

The summit is seen as one prong of Tokyo's charm offensive to garner support in its bid for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.