From Okinawa to Genoa
G8 Action Based on the Decisions of Okinawa

July 2001
Ministry of Foreign Affairs

IT Digital Opportunity Taskforce (DOT Force)


G8 Communiqué Okinawa 2000 - Para. 12,
Okinawa Charter on Global Information Society - Para. 18-19

At the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit the Okinawa Charter on Global Information Society (IT Charter) was adopted, in which the G8 agreed to establish a Digital Opportunity Taskforce (dot force) and to look into activities aimed at eliminating the digital divide, which would be reported to G8 Leaders at the G8 Summit to be held in Genoa, Italy. In accordance with these decisions, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Yoshiji Nogami (Chair) and Chairman of the Board of Toshiba Corporation Taizo Nishimuro, acted respectively as representatives of government and the private sector of Japan and participated in the first meeting in Tokyo on 27 and 28 November. In addition, in order to draft specific measures for the comprehensive cooperation package amounting to approximately US$15 billion announced by Japan prior to the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit, a policy dialogue mission was dispatched to the countries of Southeast Asia.

Infectious Diseases

Okinawa International Conference on Infectious Diseases:
G8 Communiqué Okinawa 2000 - Para. 32

At the Kyushu-Okinawa Summit Meeting 2000 it was agreed to strengthen countermeasures against the three infectious diseases, such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, with numerical targets. Okinawa International Conference on Infectious Diseases was held to discuss concrete actions to be taken at Okinawa Convention Center in Ginowan City, Okinawa Prefecture on 7 and 8 December 2000.

Crime and Drugs

Joint Government-Private Sector Meeting on High-Tech Crime:
G8 Communiqué Okinawa 2000 - Para. 44, IT Charter - Para. 8

In Okinawa it was agreed to continue cooperation on high-tech crime, including cyber crime and it was resolved to further promote dialogue with industry in this regard. To this end the second Joint Government-Private Sector Meeting on High-Tech Crime is to be held in Japan with an expected date of May 2001.

Ad-Hoc Meeting of Drugs Experts: G8 Communiqué Okinawa 2000 - Para. 45

In Okinawa the G8 leaders agreed to strengthen international cooperation to counter the growing threat from production of and illegal trafficking in drugs. Responding to this decision, from 13 to 15 December at Seagaia in Miyazaki Prefecture, it has been decided to hold a G8 Ad-Hoc Meeting of Drugs Experts, gathering together G8 and other experts from the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP).


Task Force on Renewable Energy: G8 Communiqué Okinawa 2000 - Para. 66

In Okinawa it was decided to establish a task force to promote the study of how the use of renewable energy, such as wind power and solar, can improve the quality of life, especially in developing countries. In accordance with this decision, the Government of Japan has appointed the Director General of New Energy Department of the Agency of Natural Resources and Energy Shigeru Oki, and Corporate Senior Executive Director of Sharp Corporation Buheita Fujiwara as members of the task force.

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