TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday that his country will host next year’s Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, one of the two Japanese cities devastated by US atomic bombings in the closing days of World War II.
Kishida unveiled the plan during a meeting in Tokyo with US President Joe Biden, who expressed his support for it. The two leaders agreed to cooperate to realize a successful G7 summit in Hiroshima.
The Japanese prime minister told a joint press conference with Biden after their meeting that he plans to use the summit to express the G7’s resolve to “consistently reject any threats using nuclear weapons and attempts to overthrow the international order,” apparently referring to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Kishida, whose constituency is in Hiroshima, has been calling for the realization of a world without nuclear weapons. “Hiroshima would be the most suitable place to demonstrate our commitment to peace,” he said.
“I want to show the world our pledge of never having humanity experience the horrors of nuclear weapons and affirm the G7 cooperation to protect peace, international order and our values in front of a monument of peace,” he said.
The G7 members are Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States plus the European Union.