Leaders Gather This Week For Future Of Asia Conference In Tokyo

May 25, 2006

TOKYO (Nikkei)--The 12th Future of Asia international conference, organized by Nihon Keizai Shimbun Inc., will be held on Thursday and Friday at a hotel in Tokyo.

Political and economic leaders from 13 countries, including Europe and the U.S., are expected to attend. The theme this year is: The Road to an "Asian Community" -- Concepts and Prospects.

On Thursday morning, former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone and Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi will both address the conference. This will be followed by a debate on security in East Asia and other issues by Wang Yi, Chinese ambassador to Japan, and Thomas Hubbard, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea.

In the afternoon, Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla will speak on behalf of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who was initially slated to attend.

On Friday, participants will take part in sectional meetings to discuss such issues as an Asian currency problem and the region's energy crisis.

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.