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Abe picks Mie over Hiroshima for 2016 meeting

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Ise-Shima is home to the traditional Shinto site Ise Grand Shrine.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Friday that next year's Group of Seven summit will take place in Mie Prefecture, southwest of Nagoya.

      Mie, home to the traditional Shinto site Ise Grand Shrine, "will let the world leaders get a feel for Japan's beautiful nature, rich culture and traditions," Abe told reporters at Tokyo's Haneda airport before leaving for Ukraine and then Germany, where he will attend this year's G-7 summit.  The Ise-Shima area often welcomes the royal family and the prime minister, so the local police have ample experience in security for high-profile visitors.

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