G7 summit opens in Hiroshima

The summit of the world's Group of Seven leading industrial nations has just opened in Hiroshima. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is now welcoming the leaders.

The event is being held at the Peace Memorial Park. Kishida hopes to highlight the horror of nuclear weapons in the city that was the site of the bombing in 1945.

The leaders will visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum where they will see photos of the devastation and other materials that survived.

Full-fledged talks begin in the afternoon. Ten sessions are scheduled through Sunday.

Some will involve leaders from non-G7 countries and regional groups. Major agenda items include the global economy, the war in Ukraine, nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as food and energy.

Kishida is hoping to demonstrate the G7's unity in the face of Russia's invasion of Ukraine and China's rapidly expanding global influence.