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Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida stresses results of G7 summit

Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has emphasized the significance of the G7 summit in Hiroshima by citing its achievements.

Kishida spoke to reporters at the prime minister’s office on Monday the day after the summit was wrapped up.

He said the G7 leaders aimed to send a message to the world about the importance of maintaining a free and open international order based on the rule of law and deepening the G7’s involvement with the Global South — a grouping of developing and emerging countries. He said the leaders achieved those goals.

Kishida said another major success is that world political leaders had opportunities to learn firsthand about the 1945 atomic bombing of the city.

He pointed out that the G7 issued the Hiroshima Vision, the first document by the group solely focused on nuclear disarmament. He said he wants to press ahead with Japan’s “Hiroshima Action Plan” for the abolition of nuclear weapons, which is praised in the document.

Kishida said it is highly significant that attendees to the session, including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and the leaders of invited countries, agreed to maintain a free and open international order based on the rule of law and to oppose unilateral changes to the status quo by force.

He said Japan will continue dealing with its diplomatic issues by building on these achievements.

Regarding China, Kishida said he believes the two countries should make efforts to build a constructive and stable relationship. He said that China needs to act as a responsible member of the international community and Japan is ready to cooperate to build stable ties through dialogue.

He said that from that viewpoint, he will consider a summit and other types of dialogue with China.

About a possible dissolution of Japan’s Lower House, the prime minister said his government has to focus on producing results on issues that cannot be shelved. He added that he now is not considering dissolving the house.

Source: nhk