Japan opened the G8 summit. It was planned to be held in Hiroshima, but in the US the initiative was not supported. As a result, the venue was the beautiful natural Park ISE-Shima in the Pacific ocean. Prime Minister Abe Shinzu greeted their guests at a giant wooden gate of one of the main Shinto temples "ISE Jingu".
According to the organizers of the summit - the summit, crossing a bridge, accompanied by dressed in white robes of a monk, was to discover the charms and mystery of Japanese culture. The last in the temple enters the motorcade of the American President. Barack Obama on the monk almost not looking, and all the way something is discussing with the Japanese Prime Minister. The intense facial expression of Obama and almost mournful Abe pointed to the fact that they are not talking about abstract topics.
Murder of U.S. servicemen of a Japanese girl in Okinawa has raised a new wave of protests against the US military presence in Japan right before the summit. The cultural program ended quickly. In the garden the leaders were waiting for the students with shovels who previously did all the work. Participants were only symbolically sprinkle the seedlings with earth. Fellowship continued over a working lunch at the hotel. What was not yet known. The shooting was interrupted after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker double-punched in the shoulder President of the European Council Donald Tusk.
Even before the summit "the seven" the host of the meeting, Shinzo Abe said that topics of discussion will be the issues of global economic instability, the fight against global terrorism, the conflict in Syria, tensions on the Korean Peninsula and even the situation in the South-East of Ukraine. But whatever decision this meeting, it is naive to expect that one G7 enough to address these issues. How can we discuss Syria or the Ukraine without the participation of Russia or the world economy without China. However, Abe said he intends to speak at this meeting "on behalf of Russia" and in spite of direct pressure from the United States just before the meeting came to Sochi and held talks with Putin. What exactly is meant by the Japanese Prime Minister in Tokyo is not explained. Despite the predictability of "seven" that, perhaps, will become the main intrigue of the summit.
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