Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his wife Mariko Suga are greeted as they arrive at Newquay Airport in Cornwall, England, early Friday, where he will attend the G7 Summit to be held at Carbis Bay. Photo: Leon Neal/Pool via AP
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Suga arrives in Britain for G7 summit

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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrived in Britain early Friday to attend a summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations, with discussions set to focus on tackling global challenges such as economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, and China's growing economic and military influence.

"I look forward to holding frank discussions with leaders of the G7, which shares universal values," Suga told reporters at his office before heading to Haneda airport in Tokyo, adding he will seek support for staging a "safe and secure" Summer Olympics in the capital next month.

The first in-person summit among the countries in nearly two years is taking place from Friday through Sunday in the seaside resort of Carbis Bay, Cornwall. Suga is expected to hold bilateral talks with other leaders including U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the gathering.

Both Suga, who took office last September, and Biden as well as Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi will physically attend for the first time.

China will be a key topic of the summit amid concerns over its assertiveness in the East and South China seas, where it has territorial claims, and its treatment of the Muslim Uyghur minority in the Xinjiang region.

The G7 leaders plan to unveil a new initiative to provide financing for infrastructure in the developing world as an alternative to China's "Belt and Road" project, while the post-meeting joint statement will be closely watched for references to Taiwan as the democratically self-governed island faces mounting military pressure from Beijing.

Russia, which in 2014 was ousted from what was then called the G8 following its annexation of Crimea, and Belarus' forced landing of a commercial flight and subsequent arrest of a dissident journalist, as well as North Korea are also on the agenda.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is chairing the summit, is set to call on the G7 -- Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States plus the European Union -- to commit to helping vaccinate the world by the end of 2022.

The G-7 leaders vowed at a virtual meeting in February to "make 2021 a turning point for multilateralism and to shape a recovery that promotes the health and prosperity of our people and planet," a clear departure from former U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" agenda.

In a joint statement, they agreed to ramp up production of COVID-19 vaccines and ensure their fair distribution to developing countries as well as continue efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the Paris Agreement on climate change.

In addition to Biden, Suga may hold bilateral talks with Johnson as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron as the European nations are stepping up their involvement in the Indo-Pacific, including by sending warships through the region.

The leaders of Australia, India, South Africa and South Korea have also been invited to the summit, though Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he will not physically attend as he focuses on bringing a deadly surge in COVID-19 in his country under control.

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He no doubt brought his "written notes" he'll read off of when it's his turn to speak. What a disgrace!

-1 ( +12 / -13 )

Be careful, Suga! The “I don’t want to answer that” doesn’t fly overseas, nor does the victimhood for a guy who wanted the job so badly during a pandemic.

9 ( +21 / -12 )

As a Japanese person he should be strictly quarantined.

19 ( +26 / -7 )

Back home in Japan, they prefer the daily commute and can’t be ‘troubled’ to live in the PM’s ‘official residence’, Mrs. will go along with Mr. for that ‘free trip to England’.

- “Japanese PM Suga and his wife Mariko are greeted as they arrive at Newquay Airport in Cornwall, England, early Fri, where he will attend the G7 Summit to be held at Carbis Bay.” -

0 ( +6 / -6 )

How about a little reminder of the entry ban on foreigners in Japan? Not saying Suga is a foreigner, but he may realize a few things

7 ( +12 / -5 )

Not to worry. Along with many of its trees, Carpis Bay has been presumedly cleared of any pesky ‘ghosts’.

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrived in Britain early Friday to attend a summit of the Group of Seven industrialized nations

Tiny, tiny man on a big stage.

14 ( +16 / -2 )

Enjoy our fine beaches and drunk locals.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

Andrew:

In the age of Covid 19, what country does not have some form of travel restrictions? The UK itself bans entry from many countries.

I can't think of a civilized, developed country which banned foreigners who actually lived there or had spouses or families who were nationals of that country, unless they also placed some sort of restrictions on their own citizens too, like Australia. Japan was the only country to do that, splitting up families and basically preventing foreigners from attending funerals abroad or saying goodbye to dying relatives for the last time.

Mark:

I bet Suga can use a knife and fork too. Jozu desu ne.

11 ( +12 / -1 )

How long can declining Japan remain in G7?

9 ( +14 / -5 )

"Be careful, Suga! The “I don’t want to answer that” doesn’t fly overseas"

Certainly not!

However:

"I didn't realise that the Withdrawal Agreement I wilfully signed was going to be so detrimental to the aspirations and livelihoods in N, Ireland.

Therefore I am prepared to breach the Law (albeit in a "limited" way), as and when it suits me and my cohorts.

I EXPECT your understanding and cooperation in this matter"

Yeah, Suga should try that overseas.

What seems to be good for the goose....

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

Suga should stay there he might be held for Covid war crimes after October elections.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

There he comes,the most useful and less charismatic of all the G7 PM/Presidents/Chancellors.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

sorry I meant useless

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Reckons he's arriving in UK to seek support for staging a safe Olympics..... I really don't think there's a hope-in-hell of garnering any enthusiasm for trying to run the event in pandemic conditions - Nobody cares about the damned games !!

He'd have been better off staying home and sorting the crisis there.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

It’s nice when you can visit a foreign country for work, isn’t it Mr. Suga?

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Darius, unfortunately the locals won’t be able to enjoy their beaches, drunk or sober as they are excluded by this bunch and their attendant freeloaders.

I assume from your comment that you are a teetotaller and have never been drunk in your life (otherwise your comment would be hypocritical as well as culturally insensitive not to mention racist?)

Lets hope something useful and positive comes out of this meeting and doesn’t descend in to “wafflage” as one person with long experience in these affairs was reported by the BBC as describing it.

It will be interesting to see if Suga can avoid the natural Japanese instinct to obfuscate for the purposes of group harmony (not necessarily a bad thing within the context of his own culture) and adopt clear and decisive terminology needed at these occasions if anything useful is to come out of it?

4 ( +5 / -1 )

When Yoshihide Suga age is added his G 6 partners , the average is 62.5714 years.

Does any really comprehend, know what they stand for, or even truly understand who they stand for?

G7 summit could have been held on line.

But no all have a overriding political agenda that needs to be grandstanded in person.

Power and Politics, with more than an overture to a Shakespearean tragedy.

In Boris Johnson case, “Julius Caesar.” , Emmanuel Macron tiptoeing dagger drawn.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Hate this guy.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

Can't stand that he's galavanting around the globe, possibly taking a Japanese strain of Coronavirus to a country that's doing better than Japan in this pandemic

7 ( +8 / -1 )

I am hoping that this meeting will expedite vaccination around the globe, we are SICK and TIERED of being jerked around.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

It is a shop window of political vanity. No legal compulsion.

Suga san attention needs to be politically focused at home, for obvious reasons.

Suga san should have taken a leaf out of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi book.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Whether one agrees Yoshihide Suga, politically or not is one thing, to wish him ill will and worse is playground silliness, frankly quite sinister.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

That 747 looks beautiful with the name 日本国 on it..

Go Suga good luck and do your best !!..

former U.S. President Donald Trump's "America First" agenda.

"Stupidity First agenda"..

Hate this guy.

It's ok to be sad.. lol..

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

None of the leaders, their spouses and hangers on had to quarantine as required for all those arriving from Red or Amber countries. I wonder if they are allowed to skip the compulsory 2nd and 8th day PCR tests too. I bet Suga won’t be chucked into a crappy hotel for six days when he gets back, like I will when I return to Japan. There is zero recognition of those who have been fully vaccinated outside Japan too.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Is there any real point of Japan sending anybody to a G7 summit anymore? Has Japan anything useful to offer anymore?

1 ( +5 / -4 )

That 747 looks beautiful with the name 日本国 on it..

It's a 777, but it is a beautiful plane. Shame it's wasted on such a non-entity.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Curious how big his entourage is, and if they’re quarantined during the G7 meetings. I really hope they aren’t allowed to roam free while waiting for Suga.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

How about the carbon fottprint of these self entitled ones flying all over the world burning up valuble and dangerous fossil fuels, whats wrong meeting on line and partying like we all had to do for months.?

Shows you all how much BS it all is.

Save the enviroment dont use fossil fuels the virus is dangerous stay home , yeah right we believe and ya silly make believe fairy tales.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Really negative views on just about all G7 countries and all leaders here. Maybe something good will happen. Could you accept it if it did? Or are you stuck in the wrong gear?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

PM Suga ought to take advantage of being in the UK and run down to the drug store (sorry, 'chemist's) on a break from his conference to get his Covid-19 vaccine shot!

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

So, if I go to England, I have to self isolate for about ten days, and on my return to Japan, spend six days in a government run isolation unit before spending ten days isolating in my own house. I assume that Suga will be setting an example by doing the same?

3 ( +3 / -0 )

"I didn't realise that the Withdrawal Agreement I wilfully signed was going to be so opportune for a party that make even me look principled."

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

The Japanese PM Suga enjoyed the afternoon tea & face mask free meeting here in Cornwall different from the Japanese Covid atmosphere.

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