Nikkei wrote that former PM Koizumi met in California on Sunday with former sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan, who filed a class action suit in California against TEPCO and others demanding compensation for health damage from radiation that they allegedly sustained while engaging in Operation Tomodachi off Tohoku following the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011. They reportedly requested Koizumi’s….Read more
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NHK reported this morning that according to a GOJ source, Secretary of Defense Carter will visit Japan ahead of his visit to Singapore to attend the Shangri-La Dialogue in early June. The network said arrangements are being made for the Defense Secretary to meet with DM Nakatani to discuss ways to deal with North Korea ballistic missile launches and China’s….Read more
Mainichi wrote that Hiroshima Governor Yuzaki and Hiroshima Mayor Matsui held separate talks on Wednesday with Foreign Minister Kishida and Ambassador Kennedy, and requested that President Obama meet with atomic bomb survivors when he travels to nuclear ground zero on May 27. In response, the Japanese minister said: “The hurdles are very high, but I will do my best.” The….Read more
Several papers reported in their Wednesday evening editions on remarks made on Tuesday by Deputy National Security Advisor Rhodes, who commented on President Obama’s upcoming tour of Hiroshima by saying: “He will have an opportunity to tour those grounds and reflect on what happened there… He believes in the importance of looking squarely at history and learning from it.” The….Read more
Jan Thompson (58), president of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor (ADBC) Memorial Society, an organization composed of former prisoners of war and descendants of deceased POWs who were forced to participate in the “Bataan Death March,” agreed to an exclusive interview with the Mainichi Shimbun. Although there is wariness in the United States, particularly among veterans, regarding U.S.….Read more
Donald Trump is threatening to withdraw U.S. forces if Japan, the ROK, and other allies do not pay for all the expenses for stationing U.S. troops.
This morning’s Asahi and Tokyo Shimbun carried interviews with Japanese scholars who are critical of the anticipated “absence of apology” by President Obama when he tours Hiroshima on May 27. Japan Women’s University historian Ryuichi Narita expressed regret that many Japanese have apparently chosen not to voice their desire to hear an apology from the President out of deference to….Read more
Fuji-TV reported at noon that former Assistant Secretary of State Campbell told the network in Washington on Tuesday that the first visit by a sitting U.S. president to Hiroshima will be an “extremely major event” and expressed hope for a successful visit. He reportedly pointed out that there is a possibility that a dialogue between the President and atomic bomb….Read more
NHK reported at noon that Deputy National Security Adviser Rhodes expressed hope on Tuesday that President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima will boost momentum for nuclear disarmament by saying that the visit will “demonstrate the importance of U.S.-Japan relations and be a message toward a world without nuclear weapons.” He was quoted as saying: “President Obama believes in the importance of….Read more