Sankei carried a one-on-one interview with White House Press Secretary Earnest conducted on Monday, during which he commented on the negative reactions in China and South Korea to President Obama’s planned trip to Hiroshima by saying: “The President regards the visit as something that will draw criticism and yet sees it as important. U.S.-Japan relations are a priority. He will….Read more
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Most papers wrote that PM Abe had dinner with visiting former President George W. Bush last night, during which the retired U.S. politician commented on Donald Trump by saying: “I suppose he will eventually come to understand the importance of U.S.-Japan relations.” Bush reportedly estimated the odds of Trump winning the presidential election at 50/50.
NTV “News ZERO” reported that the number of foreign visitors to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum in FY2015 reached a record 338,891, a sharp increase from 57,205 in 1995, saying that today one out of every five visitors is a foreigner. Many foreign visitors reportedly decided to visit the museum based on information posted on a global travel site called….Read more
Today’s Mainichi carried a column by Jerusalem Bureau chief Tomoko Oji, who credited former Ambassador Roos with prompting President Obama to decide to visit Hiroshima later this month. According to the writer, Roos disclosed recently that he chose to take part in the annual Hiroshima peace ceremony in August 2010 in his official capacity because local citizens greatly appreciated the….Read more
NHK reported on its website that in an interview on Monday in a suburb of San Francisco, former Secretary of Defense Perry expressed strong hope that President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima will boost momentum for nuclear disarmament. Noting that Perry has been calling for nuclear disarmament since serving as the defense secretary under the Clinton administration, the network said he….Read more
NHK’s Hiroshima Bureau reported on Monday evening that it learned that a presidential advance team is making arrangements to tour Hiroshima City and visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and other venues on Wednesday ahead of President Obama’s visit to the city on May 27. The network said the team is expected to inspect the cenotaph and the Memorial Museum….Read more
NTV reported at noon on its one-on-one interview with White House Press Secretary Earnest conducted on Monday in Washington. The network quoted him as saying: “President Obama thinks that visiting Hiroshima is the right thing to do. If that means the President is going to be criticized back home, he is willing to take that on.” The network said Earnest….Read more
Monday evening’s Mainichi front-paged a Kyodo piece on the disclosure by an unnamed USG official that when President Obama visits Hiroshima on May 27, he probably will not be able to hold dialogue with atomic bomb survivors due to “time constraints.” The paper speculated that some White House officials are cautious about arranging such a session because it could be….Read more
Monday morning’s carried a column by special senior writer Yamada on the “GOJ-wide consensus” that Ambassador Kennedy was instrumental in arranging President Obama’s trip to Hiroshima, noting that Japanese officials relied heavily on the information she provided and her strong connection with the President and Secretary Kerry. A source close to Prime Minister Abe said: “She is very familiar with….Read more