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Student volunteer interpreters ready for G20 summit

The Yomiuri Shimbun

A student receives a uniform for a G20 volunteer interpreter group from Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura at Osaka Prefectural Government Sakishima Building in Suminoe Ward, Osaka, on Saturday.

The Yomiuri ShimbunStudents who will serve as interpreters for foreign media at the upcoming G20 summit in Osaka gathered at an Osaka prefectural government office on Saturday to attend a ceremony to launch the volunteer group.

The meeting of leaders from the Group of 20 major economies will be held from June 28 to 29.

Osaka Gov. Hirofumi Yoshimura gave the students uniforms for the volunteer work during the ceremony held in Osaka Prefecture Government Sakishima Building in Suminoe Ward, Osaka.

The volunteer interpreters consist of 36 students studying at 14 universities and graduate schools in Osaka with proficiency in English or other foreign languages. From June 27 to 30 at the media center in Intex Osaka, the main venue for the summit, the volunteers will provide foreign media with information such as on commuting and transportation as well promote the Kansai region’s culture and tourism.

“We hope you’ll actively promote the charms of the Kansai region to the world,” Yoshimura said at the ceremony.

Representing the volunteers, a 21-year-old female university student said, “We’re committed to performing the volunteer work in a kind and friendly manner.”Speech

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