( May 2nd, 2016) Japan’s role in this year’s G7 Summit will be more important than in previous years’ summits, and not just because it will host the conference, to be held May 26-27.
In a Forbes piece, Akihiko Tanaka a professor of international politics at the University of Tokyo, specializing in East Asia, concludes:
“Economic uncertainty and security challenges weigh heavy on all G7 countries. During such difficult times, the foundations of Japanese diplomacy are stronger than ever and its economy, though facing structural challenges, is improving. Through the G7 Summit, Japan should contemplate global issues together, and provide leadership for meaningful collective action.’’