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President Obama to visit Hiroshima

image001The evening edition of Nikkei on Friday gave top play to a report that the USG has decided that President Obama will visit Hiroshima after the Ise-Shima Summit in May. The daily wrote that this will be the first time for a sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, adding that President Obama is planning to deliver a speech on the elimination of nuclear weapons there. The paper said it learned this from several high-ranking USG officials, quoting one as saying: “We would like to swiftly decide [on a visit to Hiroshima] after President Obama returns to Washington.” According to the network, the senior USG official also hinted that Washington will convey its decision to Tokyo in early May. The paper said another senior USG official said that the timing of the President’s visit to Hiroshima should not affect the summit schedule, and announced that Washington is planning to sound out Japan on the idea of having the President visit Hiroshima on May 27. In addition, the paper said the President is considering offering flowers at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, and will be very careful not to be criticized for conducting “apology diplomacy” on account of the view within the U.S. that the atomic bombings helped end the war. 

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