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Timeline for December 2016

Prime Minister Abe visits Pearl Harbor, an Osprey crash-lands off Okinawa, and the House of Representatives passes casino legislation. Look back at the key Japan-related stories of December 2016.

Abe Goes to Pearl Harbor: A Trip Prompted by Donald Trump?Teshima Ryūichi

On December 26–27, Prime Minister Abe Shinzō will visit Pearl Harbor, paying his respects at the war memorial with President Barack Obama by his side. Their final summit meeting aims to open a new chapter in a robust bilateral alliance—and making this an urgent task is the appearance in January of the administration of Donald Trump.

Director of Double A-Bomb Survivor Movie Gets Letter from Obama (News)

Nagasaki, Dec. 9 (Jiji Press)—A filmmaker who created a documentary about a man who survived both US atomic bomb strikes on Japan said Friday he has received a thank-you letter from President Barack Obama after sending him the movie. Movie director Inazuka Hidetaka, 66, and Yamasaki Toshiko, at 68 the eldest daughter of the late double bombing survivor Yamaguchi Tsutomu, held a press conference…

Hiroshima, Nagasaki Visits by Foreign Dignitaries on Rise (News)

Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)—The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were devastated by US atomic bombings in 1945, are receiving successive visits by foreign dignitaries. Four high-ranking officials have visited or plan to travel to either of the two cities this month, including Valentina Matviyenko, chair of the Federation Council, the upper chamber of Russia's parliament, and Kazakh Presid…

Timeline for June 2016

Prime Minister Abe Shinzō postpones the consumption tax hike, Tokyo Governor Masuzoe Yōichi resigns, and campaigning begins for the House of Councillors election. Look back at the main stories of June 2016.

Timeline for May 2016

US President Barack Obama visits Hiroshima, the Group of Seven summit is held in Mie Prefecture, and Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors enter a capital alliance. Look back on the major Japan news stories of May 2016.

Barack Obama’s Historic Hiroshima Visit

On the afternoon of May 27, 2016, Barack Obama became the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world’s first atomic bombing. Accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō, he laid flowers at the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims. He then delivered a speech to an audience including hibakusha bomb survivors and the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, offering his prayers for al…

President Obama Visits Hiroshima: A Selection of Related Content

Barack Obama became the first serving US president to visit Hiroshima on May 27, 2016. The city is now a standard-bearer for the antinuclear movement, and locals hope that the visit can spur on disarmament efforts. Discover the city from many angles through the selection of content below.

Obama’s Planned Visit to Hiroshima Raises Local Hopes

Barack Obama will soon become the first sitting US president to visit Hiroshima. Citizens of the A-bombed city have been seeking such a visit for decades and hope that it will promote the cause of nuclear disarmament.

Abe’s Groundbreaking US VisitNakayama Toshihiro

While many pundits have pronounced Prime Minister Abe’s recent visit to the United States a qualified success, Nakayama Toshihiro argues that it broke new ground—not through the kind of personal rapport prized by previous Japanese prime ministers in their dealings with US presidents but through a shared commitment to the kind of frameworks needed to build a new global partnership.

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