All national dailies reported on Prime Minister Suga’s departure for the UK on Thursday to attend the G7 leaders’ meeting to be held on June 11-13. Suga told reporters at the Kantei before heading to Haneda Airport that he looks forward to holding candid discussions with the leaders of the other G7 nations, with which Japan shares universal values. The premier added that he will seek their understanding for Tokyo’s efforts to host a “safe and secure” Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Yomiuri wrote that the G7 leaders will confirm the unity of democratic nations at the summit through response to the coronavirus pandemic and other issues with the United States’ return to international cooperation under the Biden administration. Asahi wrote that the G7’s leadership in addressing global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and response to China and Russia, will be tested. The paper speculated that the G7 will insist on fair distribution of COVD-19 vaccines to developing nations in light of China’s aggressive vaccine diplomacy.