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It is time for Kishida to make a trip to Kyiv

As G-7 president, Japan shouldn't be only member not to show support in person

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Fumio Kishida speaks to reporters after a phone call with Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Jan. 6: If the Japanese prime minister cannot accept the invitation to go to Kyiv, it will be a blow to Ukraine.   © Kyodo

James D.J. Brown is professor of political science at the Japan campus of Temple University in Tokyo.

Last April, less than two months after Russia began its invasion of Ukraine, Boris Johnson, then prime minister of the U.K., walked the war-scarred streets of Kyiv as the first Group of Seven leader to offer support in person.

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