Press Conference by Foreign Press Secretary ONO Hikariko
Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 4:15 p.m. Ministry of Foreign Affairs
G7 Hiroshima Summit (Intention to Adopt Individual Documents on the Situation in Ukraine and Nuclear Disarmament)
Kyodo News, Ueda:I have a question about the G7 Hiroshima Summit. Regarding the outcome documents of the summit’s discussions, some reports suggest that the G7 is considering issuing documents specifically addressing nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and the situation in Ukraine, respectively. Please tell us if this is true and what the G7 is currently considering in this regard.
Ms. ONO Hikariko, Press Secretary:The international community is at a historic turning point and faces various challenges, including Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, which shakes the very foundation of the international order. During the G7 Hiroshima Summit, which will be held amid such a situation, Japan intends to resolutely demonstrate to the world the G7’s strong determination to firmly reject unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force and Russia’s threats of the use of nuclear weapons, let alone their use, as well as to uphold a free and open international order based on the rule of law.
In addition, from Hiroshima, the atomic bombing site, Japan intends to strongly convey to the world the message that the 77 years of history since the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, during which time no nuclear weapons have been used, must not be ignored.
As for the format of the G7 Hiroshima Summit’s outcome documents and their details, nothing has been decided at this time.