Pumping up the world economy is an "urgent priority" G7 leaders said Friday, but left the door open for a go-your-own-way approach in a sign of lingering divisions over how to boost growth.
Barack Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima will underline the dangers of warfare and the need to work towards peace, the U.S. president said on the sidelines of the G-7 in Japan, on Thursday.
A group of school children wait for the G-7 leaders to arrive for their tour of the Ise-Jingu Shrine in Ise, Japan, Thursday, May, 26.
A Japanese pop star who was repeatedly knifed in a frenzied attack by an obsessive fan was in a critical condition Sunday, police and reports said.
The Group of Seven major economies showed a united front on fighting terrorist financing and tax evasion in talks that ended Saturday, but shied away from coordinated action on policies to revive stalling growth.
Japan's defense minister traveled to Okinawa to lodge a formal protest with the commander of the U.S. military base there on Saturday after the arrest of a base employee linked to the suspicious death of a local woman.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday expressed "outrage" after the arrest of a U.S. military base employee linked to the suspicious death of a woman on Okinawa, a week before a high-profile visit to Japan by President Barack Obama.
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso, center, speaks next to Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda, left, during a meeting of finance ministers and heads of central banks of the Group of Seven in in Sendai, northern Japan, Friday, May 20.
Japan's economy grew at a better than expected 1.7 percent annual pace in the first quarter of this year, as solid consumer demand and higher government spending offset relatively weak business investment and sluggish exports.
Japan vowed to cooperate with a French probe into US$2 million allegedly paid to help Tokyo secure the 2020 Olympics on Monday, as the son of ex-world athletics chief Lamine Diack denied receiving the money.