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Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga comments on atomic bombing

NHK reported that prominent scholars and activists signed a letter urging President Obama to reconsider his plan of not making an apology for the atomic bombing in Hiroshima. When asked about his views on the U.S. atomic bombing, the network quoted Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga as telling reporters this morning: “Due to their enormous power to destroy and kill, the….Read more


Gist of interview with Chinese ambassador to Japan

Following is the gist of the Q&A session with Chinese Ambassador Cheng Yonghua:


President Obama to convey apology

During their summit scheduled for the 26th President Obama plans to convey an apology to Prime Minister Abe for the incident in which an ex-Marine and American base worker was arrested on charges of killing a woman from Uruma City and discarding her body

  • May 24, 2016
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G7 looks into China’s dumping steel

G7 nations along with the European Union (EU) are preparing for a discussion in the summit on the 26th and 27th on the feasibility of countermeasures against over-production of steel and export dumping practices. Although the plan does not accuse China by name, the measure seeks to address China’s dumping of steel. A document to be adopted concerning free trade….Read more

  • May 24, 2016
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SECURITY > Cybersecurity

China makes cyberattack on Japanese ministry, plans “retaliation” for Hiroshima visit

In mid-May, the computer of an official in charge of China affairs in a Japanese ministry in Kasumigaseki busy preparing for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit was found to be infected with a powerful virus from an outside source. This was revealed by a Japanese government source.   An alarm sounded in the control center indicating virus infection. Preliminary investigations show….Read more


Gist of Okinawa governor’s remarks at meeting with PM Abe on May 23

Following is the gist of remarks made by Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga at his meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe:


GOJ, USG making arrangements to invite hibakusha

TBS reported at noon that a GOJ source disclosed that coordination is underway between the USG and GOJ to invite hibakusha to be present when President Obama offers flower at the cenotaph in Hiroshima, quoting FM Kishida as telling reporters this morning: “We are still coordinating. We must consider the views of the U.S. I would like to refrain from….Read more


Gist of interpellations at Upper House Audit Committee, May 23

Following is the gist of interpellations at the House of Councillors Audit Committee on May 23:


Nine out of ten approve of President’s trip to Hiroshima

Asahi carried the results of a public opinion survey that put support for President Obama’s upcoming Hiroshima trip at 89%, and nonsupport at 4%. However, only 36% said it will boost momentum for a world without nuclear weapons, as opposed to 50% who said otherwise. Asked about the atomic bombing, 31% said it was inhumane and unforgivable, whereas 23% said….Read more


Coordination underway for President to deliver remarks in presence of hibakusha

Asahi led a report that coordination is underway between the USG and the GOJ to invite atomic bomb survivors to be present when the President offers a wreath at the cenotaph at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Friday evening. Since interactions between the President and hibakusha could be construed in America as an apology, the daily said the details….Read more

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