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Biden weighs Nagasaki visit during Hiroshima G-7 in May: sources

Trip would be first by sitting U.S. leader to city hit by second WWII atomic bomb

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida meets U.S. President Joe Biden in Cambodia on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit on Nov. 13. (Japan Cabinet Public Affairs Office Handout via Kyodo)

TOKYO -- U.S. President Joe Biden is considering a trip to Nagasaki with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida next May, when he will attend the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, Nikkei has learned. If the trip goes ahead, it will be the first by a sitting U.S. president to Nagasaki, the other city the U.S. attacked with an atomic bomb during World War II.

Consideration of the plan to visit Nagasaki is still at an early stage within both governments, sources close to the matter told Nikkei. The idea is to have the two leaders visit the two cities together to convey a united front for a world without nuclear weapons.

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