On April 1, 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry became the first Secretary of State to visit Hiroshima, Japan. During his visit, Secretary Kerry paid his respects at the Hiroshima Peace Park, which honors the victims of the atomic bomb that was dropped on the city by the United States during World War II on August 6, 1945. His visit was seen as a possible means of paving the way for a visit by President Obama while he is in Japan for the G-7 Summit on May 26-27, 2016.
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- "Japan told US it won't seek apology for atomic bombings." Nikkei Asian Review. April 23, 2016
Japanese government reiterates its position that further talk with the US on nuclear disarmament is more important than getting an apology from President Obama on his proposed May visit to Hiroshima.
- "Obama visit to Hiroshima would aid disarmament: chief cabinet secretary." Nikkei Asian Review. April 23, 2016
"It would be extremely important for our country, which aims to create a world free of nuclear weapons, to have a global leader see the effects of the atomic bomb in person." - Yoshihide Suga, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary
- "Hiroshima survivors look to Obama visit for disarmament, not apology." Kiyoshi Takenaka. The Japan Times. April 13, 2016
"If the president is coming to see what really happened here and if that constitutes a step toward the abolition of nuclear arms in the future, I don't think we should demand an apology." - Takeshi Masuda, Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor
- "Street Support for Obama to visit Hiroshima." Eric Johnston. The Japan Times. April 11, 2016
"I don't think a visit should be about 'America' or 'Japan,' but learning what the atomic bomb took away." - Yusuke Ono, Hiroshima resident
"What can you say? It was something that was done so long ago. [...] But it would be wonderful if Obama could express, I hope, the future goal of total nuclear disarmament." - Wayne Leavitt, US tourist visiting Hiroshima
- "U.S. Secretary of State Accused of Trying to Shift Blame for Tension on Korean Peninsula onto DPRK." Rodong Sinmun. April 15, 2016
"It is also the U.S. which persists in escalating the tension on the Korean peninsula in a bid to invent a pretext for keeping hegemonic status in the Asia-Pacific region. That the DPRK is getting itself fully ready for nuclear attack to react to the U.S. attack in kind is not only to defend its right to existence but to safeguard the regional and world peace and security from the nuclear threats of the U.S. which is brandishing its nuclear stick at random."
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