Aug 7, 2015

G-7 finance chiefs to meet in Sendai in May 2016

The Group of Seven finance ministers’ meeting planned in the city of Sendai next year will be held on May 20 and 21, Finance Minister Taro Aso said Friday. “We would like to hold a heart-to-heart discussion in a relaxed atmosphere as the town ...

White House sounds cautious tone on possible Obama Hiroshima visit

Aug 7, 2015

White House sounds cautious tone on possible Obama Hiroshima visit

The White House sounded cautious Thursday about the possibility of President Barack Obama visiting Hiroshima or Nagasaki, the Japanese cities attacked with atomic bombs in World War II, during his tenure. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, told reporters that he does not ...

Jul 15, 2015

Ban on possession of child porn takes effect in Japan

Japan finally moved to ban the possession of pornographic photos and videos of children on Wednesday, amid growing international criticism as the only Group of Seven industrialized country that had not passed a law on the matter. After the Diet amended the law on ...

Jun 11, 2015

Keeping the G-7 relevant

As the host of the next G-7 summit, Japan has its work cut out to maintain the group's unity and increase its leverage.

China escapes G-7 blame in sea row

Jun 8, 2015

China escapes G-7 blame in sea row

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The leaders of the Group of Seven industrialized countries release a statement expressing "strong opposition" to massive land reclamation in disputed waters in the South China Sea, but without naming China specifically, and call for a thorough implementation of the cease-fire in Ukraine.