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Osaka considered likely to host Japan's first G20 summit

JIJI, Kyodo

The city of Osaka is a likely candidate to host a summit of leaders from the Group of 20 major economies to be held in Japan in 2019, informed sources said Saturday.

Other bidders for the nation’s first G-20 summit include Aichi Prefecture and the city of Fukuoka.

Osaka leads the others in terms of lodging capacity and transportation infrastructure, a government official said. Under Osaka’s plan, the summit would be held at the Intex Osaka convention center in the bay area.

The summit is likely to be held sometime between June and November 2019, following the abdication of Emperor Akihito and nationwide elections in the spring.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe could make the final decision as early as next month after consulting the Foreign Ministry and the National Police Agency, the sources said.

The government is expecting tens of thousands of people from more than 30 countries and international bodies to gather to discuss economic cooperation.