G7 Leaders’ Visit to Itsukushima Shrine (Summary)
On May 19, Mr. KISHIDA Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, visited Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on Miyajima Island in Hatsukaichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture, with G7 leaders who are visiting Hiroshima Prefecture to attend the G7 Hiroshima Summit (H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., President of the United States of America, The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, H.E. Mr. Olaf Scholz, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, H.E. Ms. Giorgia Meloni, President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic, The Right Honourable Rishi SUNAK MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, H.E. Mr. Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and H.E. Dr. Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission).
- The leaders who arrived at Miyajima Island along with Prime Minister KISHIDA received a warm welcome with hand flags and flower bouquets by local elementary and junior high school students as well as greetings by Mr. MATSUMOTO Taro, Mayor of Hatsukaichi City, and Mr. NITTA Shigemi, Chairman of Hatsukaichi City Council.
- Subsequently, Prime Minister KISHIDA and other G7 leaders visited Itsukushima Shrine, where following greetings by Mr. NOZAKA Motoaki, Chief Priest of Itsukushima Shrine, and Mr. YUZAKI Hidehiko, Governor of Hiroshima Prefecture, they listened to the briefing concerning the history and details of the shrine, which holds a worldwide recognition, by Chief Priest NOZAKA in a solemn setting of Gagaku music, which has been inherited in the shrine, being played.