(Yomiuri: March 8, 2016 – p. 4)
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida has started making arrangements to visit France and Italy from March 18. In preparation for the G7 foreign ministerial meeting to be held in Hiroshima City in April, Kishida aims to coordinate views with his French and Italian counterparts. He will exchange views with them on issues that will be major topics of discussion at the G7 foreign ministerial, such as the Middle East situation and terrorism, as well as the refugee situation. He is also expected to seek their understanding for Japan’s concern about China’s maritime advancement in the East and South China Seas.