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G7 foreign ministerial talks being considered in Germany in February

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The Group of Seven industrialized nations are considering holding a foreign ministerial meeting in Germany next month in a show of unity ahead of the first anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, diplomatic sources said.

The first gathering of the G7 top diplomats in 2023 is expected to take place on the sidelines of the annual Munich Security Conference to be held from Feb. 17 to 19 in the southern German city, according to the sources.

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi is expected to chair the meeting as Japan holds the group's rotating presidency this year, the sources said.

The G7 nations have maintained economic sanctions on Moscow imposed after Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb 24 last year.

The punitive measures include asset freezes of Russian individuals, including President Vladimir Putin, and disconnecting Russian banks from a key international payments system.

At the planned meeting, the ministers will reaffirm their solidarity in pressuring Russia into stopping the aggression and in supporting Ukraine, according to the sources.

The foreign ministers from Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States, plus the European Union, are also expected to reaffirm the importance of maintaining international order based on the rule of law, the sources added.

Japan has said it will host a G7 foreign ministerial meeting in April in the Nagano resort town of Karuizawa in a run-up to the group's summit in May in Hiroshima.

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All of the big seven either have nukes or host them, and Kishida says he will have the summit in Hiroshima, which was nuked, in an effort to prevent nukes. Laugh out loud.he just gave a large area of Kagoshima to USA for a base that can host strategic nuclear bombers and banned Japanese from going in the area that belongs to japan.

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Only three of the G7 have nuclear weapons.

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Alongside the Ukraine issue, the potential invasion of China against Taiwan and its regional and global implications should be fully discussed and a credible deterrence agreed upon.

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Laugh out loud.he just gave a large area of Kagoshima to USA for a base that can host strategic nuclear bombers and banned Japanese from going in the area that belongs to japan.

The reality is that Japan is allowing the US Navy to develop an 8.2 sq km island that is a former IJA air base with left over WWII runways to be developed into an outlying field, not a full air base. It will be used for Field Carrier Landing Practice. An outlying field has a runway painted like a carrier flight deck, some navigation aides and a place for a temporary control tower. There will probably be a fuel pit but no hangers or other support activities there. Nobody will spend the night there. The aircraft fly out from Atsugi, practice landings and go home. At 8.2 sq km it is smaller than the original 10 sq km andfill used for Kansai Airport in Osaka, since doubled in area with a new landfill for another runway.

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