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Ukraine war

Kishida pulls off top-secret trip to Kyiv before G-7 summit

Prime minister leaves reporters behind in India to make historic visit to Ukraine

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida stands in silent prayer at a church in Kyiv on March 21,   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's trip to Ukraine on Tuesday was kept under wraps until just seven hours before his arrival, as he sought to end his status as the lone Group of Seven leader not to visit the war-torn country before this May's G-7 summit in Hiroshima.

Kishida became the first Japanese prime minister in the postwar era to travel to a nation in an active conflict. U.S. President Joe Biden visited Kyiv in February.

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