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George Takei heads out east to first Japanese Worldcon

01/08/2007. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Nippon 2007 has announced the participation of Trek actor George Takei at the 65th World Science Fiction Convention, which is to be held from August 30 through September 3 2007 in Yokohama, Japan. Prominent in Takei’s five decades-long career is his portrayal of Lieutenant Sulu in the original Star Trek television series, a role which he reprised in six subsequent Star Trek movies.

Other science fiction shows include roles in Twilight Zone, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and he is currently in the superhero television series, Heroes. Takei will be attending the Worldcon to unveil and present the newest fan production of Star Trek New Voyages: World Enough and Time.

He will be signing autographs both before and after the screening of the film. Takei will also co-host the 2007 Hugo Awards Ceremony, the annual awards presented to the best works in science fiction released in the 2006. Takei and Nozomi Ohmori, a translator of science fiction in Japan, will host the ceremony on Saturday, September 1. Nippon 2007 is the 65th World Science Fiction Convention and the first Worldcon to be held in Japan.

During World War II, Takei and his family, together with 120,000 other Japanese Americans, were incarcerated in US internment camps. He was appointed by president Clinton to the Japan-US Friendship Commission, served as chairman of the board of the Japanese American National Museum, and is on the board of the US.-Japan Bridging Foundation. In 2004, his work was recognised by the government of Japan with the presentation of the Order of the Rising Sun with Gold Rays and Rosette by the Japanese Emperor Akihito.

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