Sunday’s Nikkei reported that the GOJ has conveyed to the U.S. side that Prime Minister Abe will participate in the in-person G7 Summit that the U.S. is hoping to hold in a Washington suburb in June. The paper wrote that if Abe visits the U.S. for the G7 summit, it will be his first overseas trip since he traveled to the Middle East in mid-January. According to Tuesday’s Nikkei, Abe told the press yesterday: “If circumstances allow, I would like to attend.” He added that at the upcoming G7 meeting, he will propose the launch of an international “pool of patents” so that developing nations can share coronavirus vaccines or drugs developed by advanced countries.
In a related story, today’s Mainichi took up remarks made on CBS on Sunday by National Security Advisor O’Brien, who indicated that the G7 summit will probably be held in late June. “We’ll make sure that it’s a safe environment if the leaders can come here,” the White House official said.