An international symposium on the preservation of the world’s environment will be held Oct. 17 in Ube, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

Environmental experts from Germany, the United States, South Korea, China, Malaysia and Japan will attend the symposium and discuss matters such as global warming and air pollution.

Ube is famous for overcoming high levels of air pollution brought about during the early 1950s due to the soot produced by the local mining industry. Local businesses and citizens cooperated to overcome the problem, and their efforts won the city the United Nations Environment Program Global 500 Award last June.

The symposium will be hosted by the Environment Agency, the Yamaguchi Prefectural Government and environmental organizations. There is no participation fee, but people who wish to attend are asked to register in advance. Simultaneous Japanese-English interpretation will be available. For more information and to register, call Kiyoshi Kono of the Yamaguchi Prefectural Government at (0839) 33-3034.

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