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Aomori

Aomori, located at the northernmost tip of Honshu, has a latitude of 40.5 degrees north, similar to that of New York, Beijing, and Madrid. It faces the Tsugaru Straits in the north and the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of ​​Japan in the east and west, respectively. The Ou Mountains divide the prefecture into two parts, which means the climate varies greatly depending on the region. Due to the varied climate and topography, primary industries such as agriculture and fisheries thrive in Aomori. The Nebuta Matsuri, a traditional culture festival in Aomori, is designated as an important intangible folk cultural property of the country and Aomori’s festival attracts the most tourists of any nebuta festivals in Japan. Aomori is also blessed with rich nature such as the Shirakami Mountains and the Oirase Gorge, which are both World Natural Heritage Sites. In addition, there are energy-related facilities, indispensable for Japanese industry and the lives of citizens. Aomori also houses a United States military base that is the basis of the nation's security and U.S.-Japan relations. During the conference, the delegates will spend time in Aomori and learn more about energy and security.