Osaka, Japan’s third largest city with a population of over 2.6 million, has been turned into a ghost town one day before the G20 summit on June 28.
Pictures and videos taken by Japanese netizens show the streets and highways of Osaka devoid of pedestrians and vehicles.
Japan’s First Lady won major internet points after finding a way to avoid talking to Donald Trump at the recent G20 summit — by pretending not to speak any English.
Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo, was seated next to the controversial POTUS at a dinner on July 8, which marked the end of the two-day summit in Hamburg, Germany, reports the Mirror.
On July 7th and 8th, 2017, the G20 Summit took place in Hamburg, Germany. The G20 Summit, or Group of Twenty, is composed of 19 countries, including the U.S., plus the entire European Union. It is a time for leaders of key countries to come together and discuss important topics like trade agreements, climate change, and other pressing world issues.
During the summit, President Trump had the opportunity to meet with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China; unfortunately, his administration did not adequately research Xi’s correct title/country name and accidentally referred to him as the President of the Republic of China.
While the recently concluded G20 summit in China may have been dubbed as successful by the Chinese authorities and other observers, outsiders may dismiss the 2-day meeting of powerful heads of states as quite uneventful.
Leave it to some Chinese netizens, however, to find something interesting from the rather boring event, according to NetEase (via Shanghaist).
Hangzhou, a city of 6 million Chinese residents, was turned into a virtual ghost town to ensure the G20 summit went perfectly without a hitch. The city was the chosen site of the eleventh meeting of the Group of Twenty (G20) held on September 4–5 , the first one to be hosted in China.
With more than a third of the city’s population “convinced” to leave town and a seven-day public holiday declared, the massive exodus of the population cleared the roads and left public areas emptied for the international summit.
Many observers have been accusing China’s leaders of deliberately snubbing Barack Obama during his arrival in the country on Saturday afternoon after the U.S. president was not given the standard red-carpet staircase used to leave Air Force One. Chinese official involved in the diplomatic arrangements for Obama’s arrival for the G20 meeting, however, revealed that this was not the case.
For other notable attendees of the high-profile meeting of powerful heads of state, Chinese authorities provided the red-carpet treatment for Russian president Vladimir Putin, South Korean president Park Geun-hye, India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, British prime minister Theresa May and Brazilian president Michel Temer.