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G7 summit to start Thursday

Reporter: Terrence Terashima 丨 CCTV.com

05-25-2016 21:18 BJT

The Group of Seven summit is due to start on Thursday in Ise-Shima. The global economy is likely to dominate discussions, while US-Japan relations have come under focus following the recent murder of a Japanese woman in Okinawa by a worker from a US military base.

Tension mounts in a popular holiday resort in central Japan. As more police reinforces were brought in from all parts of the country in preparation for the G7 Ise-Shima summit.

In normal years, thousands of tourists visit here, seeking pearls and seafood the region is famous for.

Over 23,000 police officers manned every road in out of the city, from the nearby international airport. And over 6,000 journalists are expected to cover the event.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was hoping to show his leadership and Japan’s commitment in tacking international concerns

Abe eyeing to end decades of Japan’s economic and political downturn and to put Japan back on the map, as a major player in the international society

Topics from Terrorism, refugees, cyber and maritime security will be on the table, but Abe was most anxious in securing an agreement on boosting the world economy with fiscal steps.

"The biggest theme will be on how to deal with the global economy. Now is the time for the G7 to deal with various situations, and I hope this summit will deliver a clear and strong message that contributes toward strong and sustainable growth in the world economy," Abe said.

G7 finance ministers and central bankers failed to reach an agreement earlier in the month. Concluding the meeting with a vague agreement that each country should go about their own way, to tackle the global winter.

Experts say, Abe was also hoping to use the G7 agreement as a launch pad for a stimulus package and possible postponement of a consumption tax increase ahead of the upper house election in July.

Concerns over the health of the global economy will top the agenda at the G7 summit; local media are skeptic a full agreement will be reached. Local media interest seems to focus on the bilateral summit between US President Barrack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, after former US soldier murdered a Japanese woman in Okinawa. And historical US presidential visit to Hiroshima After the G7 meetings.

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