The war in Ukraine prompted Kishida to host the G7 summit in Hiroshima

Growing international fears that Russia could use nuclear weapons in the war in Ukraine appear to have prompted Prime Minister Fumio Kishida to announce last week that the 2023 Group of Seven summit will take place in Hiroshima.

Although Kishida is an elected lawmaker in Hiroshima and says his life’s work is to achieve a world without nuclear weapons, people close to the prime minister say he was not initially keen on organizing the event in the city, which was devastated by an American atomic bomb. bomb in the last days of World War II.

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