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FM Kishida says U.S. becoming inward-looking

Sunday morning’s Asahi reported that FM Kishida said in a speech on Saturday in Akita: “There was a time when the U.S. was known as the world’s policeman and the U.S. forcibly intervened in global peace and stability. But looking at the presidential election, the country is becoming more and more inward-looking.” The paper said the foreign minister made the….Read more

  • May 22, 2016
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President Obama to mention Hiroshima and Nagasaki as “symbol” of victims of nuclear weapons

NTV reported at noon that Deputy National Security Advisor Rhodes has formally announced the schedule for President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima, disclosing that the President will offer flowers at the Peace Memorial Park, take a short tour, and deliver a statement. The senior White House official also reportedly said that the President will include in his statement a message that….Read more

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Presidential helicopter arrives at Nagoya Airport

TBS reported at noon that two C17 airplanes carrying two helicopters, one of which is President Obama’s Marine One helicopter, arrived at Nagoya Airport this morning. The network said Marine One is expected to be used to transport the President to the G7 summit venue and Hiroshima.

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Obama’s visit to Hiroshima will solidify Japan-U.S. alliance: former diplomat

The Nikkei interviewed Yukio Okamoto, former special advisor to the prime minister, on the implications of U.S. President Barack Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima on nuclear disarmament and the security environment in Asia.   Excerpts are as follows:   A series of developments have laid the groundwork for U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivered….Read more

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President to read statement in presence of hibakusha

Nikkei reported that coordination is underway between the USG and the GOJ to invite atomic bomb survivors to a brief ceremony in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, in which President Obama will read aloud a concise statement reflecting on his tour of nuclear ground zero on the evening of May 27. Noting that there are strong calls in Hiroshima for….Read more

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Hibakusha group chooses not to ask for President’s apology

Asahi reported that the Japan Atomic and Hydrogen Bombs Sufferers Organizations Council on Wednesday sent a letter to the White House on President Obama’s upcoming trip to Hiroshima. While calling for the President to hold dialogue with atomic bomb survivors, the group reportedly chose not to seek an apology. A senior official of the group told the press yesterday: “We….Read more

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President’s close aide explains how President decided to visit Hiroshima

Fuji-TV reported at noon on its one-on-one interview with Deputy National Security Advisor Rhodes, during which he said: “President Obama was the one who ultimately said he thought he would like to visit Hiroshima, and we were able to make the arrangements then.” He also disclosed that the President had repeatedly told his aides that he wanted to visit Hiroshima….Read more

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White House press secretary says many veterans understand President’s decision to visit Hiroshima

NHK reported at noon that White House Press Secretary Earnest told reporters on Wednesday that many Americans who fought against Japanese soldiers have shown understanding for the President’s decision to visit Hiroshima, stressing that it has received widespread public support in the U.S. He was quoted as saying: “Even WWII veterans, who may have risked their lives fighting Japanese soldiers….Read more

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Presidential advance team tours Hiroshima

NTV reported at noon that about 30 people from the presidential advance team and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park as well as the cenotaph and the museum this morning, apparently to confirm the President’s traveling route and check on the security situation. The network said President Obama is planning to visit Hiroshima after the….Read more

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President Obama to give “several minutes of remarks” in Hiroshima

NTV reported at noon that NSC Senior Director for Asian Affairs Kritenbrink said on Wednesday in Washington that the ceremony to be held when President Obama visits Hiroshima will be a “simple” one, quoting him as saying: “The President does not intend to give a speech but he does intend to give several minutes of remarks… What we have in….Read more

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