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G7 summit events to be rescheduled to accommodate President Obama’s Hiroshima visit

Nikkei wrote that following the announcement of President Obama’s decision to visit Hiroshima on May 27, the Japanese government began to discuss details of the President’s schedule and the summit as a whole. Prime Minister Abe plans to put together and announce a joint declaration by the G7 leaders at their meeting on May 27. There is concern that President Obama’s Hiroshima visit could overshadow the G7 summit, a chance for Japan to bask in the diplomatic limelight, and MOFA officials had hoped the U.S. president’s visit would take place on May 28. But Washington decided on holding the visit on May 27. Abe decided to push up summit meetings scheduled for May 27 by an hour because he will accompany the President on his trip to Hiroshima to display the strong relationship between the two nations. Leaving the summit site by helicopter for the Chubu Centrair International Airport, the President will fly from there to MCAS Iwakuni on Air Force One. The President will depart for Hiroshima City after meeting with U.S. service members at the base. The President plans to lay a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial and visit the adjoining museum and make a statement calling for a nuclear-free world. He is also looking for an opportunity to speak to the press alongside Abe. The two leaders plan to get through their itinerary before sunset in order to ensure the best photo opportunities. The visit to the city is expected to last up to three hours.

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