Kishida to participate in upcoming online G-7 summit

TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will participate in an online summit meeting of the Group of Seven major countries on Thursday, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said Monday.

The G7 leaders are expected to discuss the Ukrainian situation and confirm their solidarity over the matter.

“It’s extremely important that the G7 [nations] are united and lead the international community,” Matsuno told a press conference, adding that Japan “will actively contribute to the discussion.”

“Various diplomatic efforts are ongoing, but tensions are increasing in eastern Ukraine,” he also said.

With some 120 Japanese nationals in Ukraine as of Saturday, Matsuno revealed that the Japanese government has secured charter flights in neighboring countries for their possible evacuation.