April 17, Monday, 2023

1. Foreign ministers of the Group of Seven nations agreed on Monday that Russia must immediately and unconditionally withdraw all forces from Ukraine. Japan’s Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and his counterparts reached the agreement on their second day of talks at a hotel in the resort town of Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture in central Japan. 2. Past details are emerging about the man who allegedly threw an explosive device toward Prime Minister Kishida Fumio during an outdoor election rally on Saturday. The incident occurred when Kishida was about to give a speech at a fishing port in the western city of Wakayama. The 24-year-old suspect, Kimura Ryuji, was arrested on the spot and has been sent to prosecutors. When Kimura completed elementary school, he wrote a short graduation essay saying that his dream is to become “a pastry chef or an inventor.”
3. Officials of Sagamihara City, near Tokyo, have begun conducting emergency checks at local campsites, one day after a tree fell and killed a camper. Early on Sunday, a tree fell onto a tent at a campsite in the city, killing a 29-year-old woman from Tokyo and seriously injuring her husband, who were inside.