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IYOR 2008 Opening Event/Collecting Ideas for the Main Mascot's Name and Secondary Mascot's Designs

December 3, 2007

The Ministry of the Environment will hold an opening event for International Year of the Reef 2008 (IYOR2008), to announce its launch in Japan: 2008 has been designated as International Year of the Reef, by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI).
The event includes a speech by Ms. Ritsuko TANAKA, an actress who is also the chairwoman of an NGO working on coral reef conservation, and Mr. Tadashi YASUNAGA, director of the Sunshine International Aquarium. A panel discussion will also be held including those planning various activities for IYOR, an opening call for IYOR, a presentation of the outline of IYOR and an announcement of Japan's campaign mascot for IYOR 2008.
The Ministry plans to collect ideas for the name of the main mascot and for designs of secondary mascots.



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