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PM Kishida, Ambassador Emanuel to visit Hiroshima on March 26

NHK, TBS, TV Shin-Hiroshima and Kyodo reported that Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno told reporters this morning that Prime Minister Kishida will visit Hiroshima on March 26 with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Emanuel. According to Matsuno, the prime minister and the Ambassador are planning to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and lay wreaths at the memorial cenotaph for the atomic bomb victims there. They are also planning to have dinner together accompanied by their wives. The cabinet official stressed that the prime minister and the Ambassador are expected to convey the message from Hiroshima that it is important to understand the reality of the atomic bombing to promote momentum toward a world without nuclear weapons. He also said they will discuss Ukraine and other international issues and strengthened U.S.-Japan relations in a wide range of areas. Kyodo added that the visit is aimed at demonstrating the strong coordination between the United States and Japan amid concerns over the possibility of Russia using nuclear weapons against Ukraine. All national dailies ran similar reports online.

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