US Secretary of State John Kerry (L) and Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose during the first session of the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Hiroshima on April 10, 2016. / AFP / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA
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G7 foreign ministers Sunday began two days of talks in Hiroshima, with John Kerry's visit to the atom-bombed city -- the first-ever by a U.S. secretary of state -- overshadowing the broader agenda.Kerry's landmark trip is seen as possibly paving the way for Barack Obama to become the first serving U.S. president to visit the thriving metropolis next month, when he comes to Japan for the Group of Seven summit. It is part of the run-up to the G7's rotating annual summit, scheduled this year from May 26-27 in another part of Japan.Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida, who represents Hiroshima in parliament, also hopes to issue a "Hiroshima Declaration" at the meeting to promote nuclear disarmament.Washington hopes to use Kerry's visit -- he will be the highest-ranking U.S. official in Hiroshima since then-Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in 2008 -- to highlight Obama's anti-nuclear stance.
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