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A new face of Kyoto: Convention City


Kyoto Unveiled Its New Aspect of a City Hosting International Meetings in 1966


5th Meeting of the Japan-America Trade and Economic Integration Commission
On 21 May 1966, Kyoto International Conference Hall was opened at Takaragaike as the first national international conference hall in Japan. Nine years had passed since the Japanese Government leaders thought of building a first-class international conference hall in Japan.
Even from the conceptional phase, Kyoto City and the surrounding areas had been designated as the site for the hall. Many places were proposed to invite it. The reasons Takaragaike was chosen from among so many places were Takaragaike being located inside Kyoto City that represents Japanese history and culture and its beautiful natural environments.
The building was constructed according to Mr. Yukio Otani's design which was selected from among 195 works entered in an open competition that was again held for the first time in Japan. Kyoto International Conference Hall was opened with "The Fifth Japan-US Joint Committee on Trade and Business." Since then, as the major facilities of the city hosting conventions, the Hall has been used for international meetings in various fields, including "The 3rd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change" or so-called Global Warming Prevention Meeting held in December 1997.

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