The Group of Eight (G8) Summit is an annual meeting attended by the leaders of the eight countries, namely, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America, as well as the President of the European Commission.
"Summit meeting" in its strict sense means a leaders meeting, but it usually refers to a series of meetings which include those of foreign ministers and finance ministers that are held prior to the leaders' meeting.
Team Toyako, a Kids' Guide to the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit is a website designed to help children around the world learn more about the topics being discussed at the G8 summit and about various aspects of Japan while having fun at the same time. Serving as the cyber hosts is Team Toyako, a group of nine children representing the G8 members—Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States—and the European Union.
The Team Toyako kids want to find answers to the issues related to the agenda at the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit, such as environmental preservation, wildlife protection, food, and health. The children are guided in their quest by Sherpa, who works with them to make subjects easy to understand and points them in the direction of possible solutions.