With just six months remaining until the Ise-Shima Group of Seven summit, the host region in central Japan has already begun to feel the impact on the local economy — an impact expected to far exceed the economic boost provided by the Toyako summit in Hokkaido in 2008.

Although the recent Paris terrorist attacks will have ratcheted up the security alert to high for the G-7 gathering on Kashikojima in Mie Prefecture will be aiming to attract hordes of foreign tourists by showcasing the region's rich cultural heritage.

The May 26 and 27 summit will bring together the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.