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Ambassador Kennedy played key role in persuading President Obama to visit Hiroshima

Tokyo Shimbun filed a prominent article on behind-the-scenes episodes within the Obama administration related to President Obama’s decision to visit Hiroshima in May last year, noting that the president heeded advice from Ambassador Kennedy and Secretary of State Kerry in deciding to make the historic visit to Hiroshima despite opposition from National Security Advisor Rice and other NSC officials only a week before the official announcement of the trip was made on May 10. Deputy National Security Advisor Rhodes reportedly said that Ambassador Kennedy “played a significant role as a proponent.” Rhodes also disclosed that when visiting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, President Obama examined various materials such as photos showing the devastation of the city caused by the atomic bombing. 

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