The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will host a meeting involving the figureheads of several major Asian cities on Oct. 17 and 18, Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara said Friday.

The conference will be the first gathering of the Asian Network of Major Cities 21, a project proposed by Ishihara to tackle common issues such as the environment, urban planning and the advancement of women’s status.

In August, heads of the four cities advocating the network — Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Delhi — met in the Malaysian capital and signed a joint statement pledging cooperation on urban issues.

Besides these four cities, Bangkok, Beijing, Hanoi, Jakarta, Manila, Taipei, and Yangon will participate in the October meeting, with Hong Kong and Singapore also said to be considering participation, according to metro officials.

The conference’s agenda will be mapped out during a working level meeting of officials of the four cities that initially advocated the project.

This will be held June 12 and 13 in Tokyo, the officials said.

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