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Kishida announces Hiroshima as host city for G7 summit in 2023

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As a resident of Hiroshima, I welcome this announcement by Prime Minister Kishida. I am also pleased that the US, France, and the UK, all of which possess nuclear weapons, support this choice. At a time when some people are threatened by nuclear weapons due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, I hope that the G7 summit in Hiroshima will remind the world of how cruel it is to use nuclear weapons. I fully understand that it is practically difficult to eliminate nuclear weapons, but I hope that nuclear weapons, including nuclear tests, will never be used again.

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Nah it wasn't a bombing attack !...it was just a little atomic test.

No need to do a survey because their just indigenous people's.

Lets call it world peace !

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However no mention of why Nagasaki or Hiroshima was bombed ?

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The G7 summit is the reason why Japan suddenly became humanitarian and welcomed 1,000 Ukrainian evacuees.

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Nagasaki might have been more... poetic, but perhaps they weren't offering to host the thing.

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"If Kishida is going to spend more of your tax money, then why not spend it in his hometown and electoral district of Hiroshima?"

My feelings exactly!

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The other two candidate sites to host the summit next year were the central and southwestern Japanese cities of Nagoya and Fukuoka.

But why promote the "non-famous" prefectures to the world, when they can overuse the usual suspects? (Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, etc...)

I really don't understand the logic in Japan when it comes to trying to uplift the smaller areas in the nation. Bring the world into see Hokkaido, Kyushu or Tohoku instead. Give them some love, and maybe all areas of the country can thrive. Not just the usual places that really don't need it as bad.

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Japan develop oil fields (all over the world), then buys the oil, all money stays in Japan, Russia gets $0

This sentence's logic is so warped it defies the laws of physics.

Trying parsing it for a second @ SM

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As the only nation to have been nuked, Japan should have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

that's not a reason to acquire a seat on the security council.

anyway, the security council should be abolished anyway and the UN should be made more democratic

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Great. So Japan can boo hoo hoo more about getting nuked?

As the only nation to have been nuked, Japan should have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

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Great. So Japan can boo hoo hoo more about getting nuked?

Hiroshima? Not Fukushima, that can be a reminder to public too.

exactly. the area there could use the business even more. Oh wait. the food there is not safe for the blue bloods. Just ok for us common folk.

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Hiroshima is a beautiful city. The prefecture is also as equally beautiful and the foods are mouthwatering!

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Big deal. Yet another pointless gabfest.

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The other two candidate cities are out of the question: Fukuoka is too far away and hot in the summer and people in Nagoya talk funny.

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I'd support if it Japan does this: bring some former sex slaves and Nanjing massacre survivors there to talk about there experiences as well, and for all to address the horrors of war and talk about the need to move forward in peace. But, we all know that the sexual slavery under the IJA didn't exist, the Nanjing Massacre never happened, Unit 731 was a respected medical group (that actually didn't exist), the Death March was a 'simple hike that anyone can do', Pearl Harbor was self-defense, and that Japan was really the victim of WWII.

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"As prime minister of Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bombings, there is no better place than Hiroshima to show our commitment to peace,"

And as I have said many times, despite Japanese politicians using this to start most speeches, will Kishida use the opportunity to sign a ban on nuclear weapons? Nope. Will he use it to push Japan's victimhood? Yes. Well, this and North Korea's abductions, which they were busy doing yesterday. They'll probably force presidents, Prime Ministers, and Chancellors to eat produce from Fukushima and fish from the newly dumped in oceans around the plant to "prove they are safe, and to help Japan, which suffered so much in the disasters of 3/11."

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@nori. Russia is not a member of G7, nor China.

also US, France and UK have nukes and Germany, Italy and Japan host US bases with nukes. Not sure about Canada though. Please tell me if you have verified information.

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Luckily most of the G7 has nukes and some threaten to use them. Even japan hosts nukes at some US bases and has a stockpile of weapon grade plutonium gifted from the USA at Tokai NPP.

Hokkaido would be a better choice.

Only three out of G7 members hold nuclear arms. Russia has the largest stock, and publicly threatened its use.

Hokkaido already hosted the 2008 Summit (where Putin also attended as a G-member; now he's become Z-cult guru)

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Oh the cynics! Who wasn’t profoundly affected after a walk through Hiroshima , the peace museum, the stories of the survivors, the art work, the flame? It’s deep, profound and hits you hard no matter what tribe claim to hail from, nor your politics. The place itself is transcendental.

Everyone in the world should visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki at least once, Having the G7 summit there in such turbulent times, where the repeats of the past are a very real possibility , sends a stark and poignant message for pause and reflection. It’s actually perfect, unless of course you are tainted by the dreaded bitterness and cynicism shown by many above. Then you become blind to the connections that we could all share if only got over ourselves and let the softer sides of our natures out. That’s what dignity looks like. Well done Mr Kishida. Beautiful announcement amongst the inevitable noise that will come from Biden’s statement yesterday. Hiroshima.

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Kishida isn't pushing for a world free of nuclear weapons that's a lie !

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Hiroshima is a nice city deserving to host the Summit. "Drive My Car," an Oscar-winning film shot in the area shows some remarkable landscapes.

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Very appropriate location IMO. But Japan has to expel all the CCP spies that come out regularly to harrass protesters in front of the Hiroshima memorial.

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Ah yes,Japan love to play the victim card in order,so it is always about Hiroshima or Nagasaki when it comes to these g7 meetings here.

It almost makes me believe that they were the victims in the last world conflict.

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But we must keep on financing the war effort of V. Putin through Japan Inc.'s tobacco and oil interests.

This ^ logic is so warped I don't know where to start.

Japan develop oil fields (all over the world), then buys the oil, all money stays in Japan, Russia gets $0.

Germany on the other hand shuts down coal and nukes, became totally dependent on Russian gas, billions of Euros flowing from Germany to Putin everyday to fund the destruction of UUkraine.

Not only this, Germany refused to build LNG port facility so as to accept gas from alternative sources, instead it gave land to Putin for Nord2 landing site, it chairs the Nord2 board, and funded the Nord2 board.

Sigh...

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If Kishida is going to spend more of your tax money, then why not spend it in his hometown and electoral district of Hiroshima?

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Personally I am tired of Hiroshima getting trotted out for this, that & well......EVERYTHING.....

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Kishida was almost unknown before he became Prime Minister. Now, he is showing good capabilities as Prime Minister. I am getting impressed.

Geopolitics is tough...military spending, taking sides, imposing sanctions, even going to war.

However, in remembering the horrors of war is an act of leadership. One has to know the limits before going into a War.

My country was invade by the Japanese but when I am in Nagasaki and in Hiroshima visiting the Atomic War Memorials, my feelings are with the victims of that atomic bombing. How many suffered horrible burns and decades of suffering before they die?

Today, the world still talks of a nuclear war, now have the hypersonic weapons to deliver them. May that never happen.

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Luckily most of the G7 has nukes and some threaten to use them. Even japan hosts nukes at some US bases and has a stockpile of weapon grade plutonium gifted from the USA at Tokai NPP.

Hokkaido would be a better choice.

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"As prime minister of Japan, the only country to have suffered atomic bombings, there is no better place than Hiroshima to show our commitment to peace," Kishida said at a post-summit joint press conference with Biden.

Yet Kishida has just decided to buy more weapons from the US not less!

Doublespeak at its best…

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It wasn't the world's first Atomic bombing attack.

The French bomb tests in Africa and the Pacific

The USA bomb tests in the Pacific

The British bomb tests in Australia

As far as those governments are concerned they were test

However as far as the indigenous and native populations are concerned they were attacks !

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He's inviting thousands people who will be entourages for the politicians coming but tourists are still being banned from coming allowing for more businesses here to go under. The people should be up in arms about this elitist BS.

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Japan will host a 2023 summit of the Group of Seven nations in Hiroshima, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Monday, believing the city, devastated by the world's first atomic bomb attack, is a fitting choice to send a message of peace.

"Let's Keep On Remembering Hiroshima!"

But we must keep on financing the war effort of V. Putin through Japan Inc.'s tobacco and oil interests.

And the G7 will not address the international tax avoidance mechanisms used by Western and Russian oligarchs to shelter their wealth and contribute to poverty and war.

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Hiroshima? Not Fukushima, that can be a reminder to public too.

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