Kishida vows to show resolve to protect intl. order at G7 summit

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio says he wants to show his resolve to protect the rules-based international order at the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima.

At a meeting of government and ruling party officials on Monday, Kishida said world leaders will gather at the western Japanese city for the summit that opens on Friday.

He also said the world is at a historic crossroads in the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

He emphasized that he wants the summit to be an opportunity to show the G7's determination to safeguard a free and open international order based on the rule of law.

Kishida told the officials he will hold one-on-one talks with other leaders on the sidelines of the summit, including a meeting with US President Joe Biden on Thursday.

Kishida stressed he will do his utmost to make the summit a success that will go down in history.

The prime minister also spoke about a bill aimed at promoting understanding for the LGBTQ community. He said discussions on the bill are making progress. He added the government will make its case for the draft law once it's submitted to the Diet.