G7 summit kicks off

Leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) started a two-day Summit meeting at Ise Jingu, Japan’s most-revered Shinto shrine, on Thursday.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe invited the leaders to visit the Ise Grand Shrine to demonstrate what he calls the origin of the Japanese culture. However, pundits argued that the agenda violated the constitutional principle of separation of politics and religion.

According to the documents released ahead of the summit, the G7 leaders will discuss ways to drive up global economy, counter terrorism, climate change and energy issues. They will also issue a communique after their two-day meeting.

Meanwhile, US president Barack Obama is also planned to visit Hiroshima on Friday accompanied by Abe, marking the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city that was obliterated by U.S. atomic bombing at the end of World War II.

The Japanese government frequently uses Hiroshima to pose itself as a victim of the war but seldom mention its wartime atrocities in its invasion against Asian neighbors.

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