Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the leaders of the Group of Seven countries will hold a video conference on Monday to discuss how to work together to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
Abe told an Upper House committee on Monday that Japan must use its knowledge and cooperate with countries around the world to deal with the challenge.
The leader of Japan's Constitutional Democratic Party has called on two other opposition parties to join his party in a bid to grow big enough to win victory over the ruling bloc.
Yukio Edano, president of Japan's largest opposition party, met the President of the Democratic Party for the People, Yuichiro Tamaki, and Leader of the Social Democratic Party, Seiji Mataichi, on Friday. Former prime minister Yoshihiko Noda and other opposition politicians also attended the meeting.
Japan's Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako have invited leaders who attended the Tokyo International Conference on African Development, or TICAD, to a tea party at the Imperial Palace.
Leaders and their spouses from more than 30 African nations attended the event following the three-day conference on Friday.
Leaders from over 50 African countries, and officials from a range of international organizations are descending on the Japanese port city of Yokohama, for a three-day summit.
The Tokyo International Conference on African Development, TICAD, will begin soon with an opening address from Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says one of the main topics at the Group of Seven summit was the increasing uncertainty over the future of the global economy.
"With regard to the downside risks, we have agreed that we need to work together to carry out prompt and thorough measures to support the global economy," Abe said.
A daughter of the late Aum Shinrikyo cult leader Shoko Asahara has asked a court to decide who should take possession of his ashes.
Sources say the fourth daughter of Asahara, whose real name was Chizuo Matsumoto, filed the request with the Tokyo Family Court last December. She has said she wanted to be the keeper of his remains in line with her father's wishes.
Official campaigning is underway in Japan's Upper House election set for July 21. It may prove to be a barometer of public opinion on the current administration's six and a half years in power.
The ruling coalition consists of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Liberal Democratic Party and its junior partner, Komeito.