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Kishida to urge G7 leaders to visit Hiroshima 

Saturday’s Nikkei spotlighted a U.S.-Japan joint statement on nuclear nonproliferation that was released ahead of the virtual summit between President Biden and Prime Minister Kishida on Friday, noting that the premier is eager to invite G7 leaders to his home constituency of Hiroshima next June when Japan hosts the annual G7 conference to renew the momentum for nuclear arms reduction, which is one of his lifelong goals. On the joint statement’s call for political leaders around the world to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the paper conjectured that the document set the stage for the G7 leaders, particularly those of the United States, the UK, and France, to commence domestic discussions on a possible visit to Hiroshima based on the assessment that the idea may trigger intense debate in each capital. The daily said that as President Biden is a strong proponent of creating a “world without nuclear weapons,” the Japanese leader is hopeful that his personal commitment to nuclear abolition will help deepen his bonds with the U.S. leader.   

Meanwhile, Saturday’s Sankei front-paged a commentary expressing concern that Kishida’s “crusade” for nuclear abolition and a world without nuclear weapons may resonate with progressives within the Biden administration, who are reportedly aiming to declare a no-first-use policy in the Nuclear Posture Review to be released soon. The conservative daily expressed alarm that the combination of the two “idealistic leaders” could upset the strategic environment surrounding Japan amid China’s rapid military buildup and North Korea’s provocations. 

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