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G7 ministers' visit heritage shrine in Japan

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 01:11

G7 foreign ministers' visit UNESCO heritage shrine in Japan, before their working dinner session. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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STORY: The Foreign Ministers of the Group of Seven Industrialized Nations (G7) took a break from their working day on Sunday (April 10) to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Itsukushima Shrine, known for its "float shrine gate". The shrine, located off the island, floats above the Japan's Seto Inland Sea on stilts at high tide. The island is located a hour away by boat from the city of Hiroshima, where the G7 Foreign ministers' meeting was taking place earlier on Sunday, and also the venue of the working dinner of the ministers. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, who presides over the two-day annual meeting this year and is a native of Hirohsima city, said earlier on Sunday that they will be discussing anti-terrorism steps, maritime security and issues related to North Korea, Ukraine and the Middle East. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is set to join his counterparts from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan on Monday (April 11) to visit an atomic bomb museum and lay flowers at a cenotaph for nuclear bomb victims, becoming the first in his post to do so. The move could possibly pave the way for a never-before visit to Hiroshima by a U.S. president when Barack Obama attends the annual meeting of G7 leaders in Japan next month. During World War II, a U.S. warplane dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, reducing the city to ashes and killing 140,000 people by the end of that year. Three days later, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Japan surrendered six days later. Maritime security is also on the cards after China rattled nerves in the region with its controversial reclamation work in the South China Sea. Kishida is scheduled to hold a final news conference as chair of the G7 meeting of foreign ministers on Monday afternoon, and will announce several G7 statements on issues including nuclear disarmament and maritime security.

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G7 ministers' visit heritage shrine in Japan

Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 01:11