World leaders attend G7 summit in Japan

May 26, 2016, 3:06 AM EDT
Ise Grand Shrine's garden
(Source: Toby Oxborrow/flickr)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took the Group of Seven (G7) leaders to a holy site of Shinto religion ahead of a crucial two-day summit that begins in Ise-Shima on Thursday. Abe said that the visit aimed at introducing the world to the cultural values of Japan as critics slammed him for trying to woo his conservative supporters, who seek to revive religion in politics. 

The G7 nations, which include the U.S., Canada, Britain, Italy, Germany, France and Japan, will be discussing wide-ranging issues, with prime focus on state of global economy, writes the BBC. The leaders are expected to deliberate over issues such as terrorism, cyber security and maritime security in addition to the migrant crisis in Europe, which will be an important agenda of the meeting.

Earlier on Wednesday, Abe called on China to refrain from use of force for changing “the status quo”, writes Reuters. In a stern reply, China warned the G7 nations against interfering in its affairs so as to avoid any negative impact on global peace.

The G7 leaders are expected to push through “monetary, fiscal and structural policies” for reviving growth in their communiqué in addition to reaffirming their commitment in ensuring a stable foreign exchange market.