Sasakawa fellows weigh in on symbolism of PM Abe visit to Pearl Harbor

Categories: In the News, Sasakawa USA Blog

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s historic visit to Pearl Harbor on December 27 symbolized not only the reconciliation of two countries who once were at war, but also what has become a close friendship and alliance that should be continued regardless of changes in administration, Sasakawa USA fellows said in media appearances in December.

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Transcript: Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Abe at Pearl Harbor

Categories: Sasakawa USA Blog

On December 27, 2016, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a historic visit to Pearl Harbor alongside President Barack Obama. Following is a video and transcript of their remarks, courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov.     PRIME MINISTER ABE: (As interpreted.) President Obama, Commander Harris, ladies and gentlemen, and all American citizens: I stand here at Pearl

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership: A Japanese Perspective

Author: Kayo Matsumoto

Categories: Sasakawa USA Forum

Sasakawa USA Forum Issue No. 5

The “Abenomics Acceleration Diet” opened in September with passage of the TPP as one of their goals. Will TPP be ratified in this Diet session? It is difficult to predict, but the Abe administration has made TPP and passage of its implementing bills a high priority. The Diet debate will surely be heated, and among the contentious issues will not only be TPP’s impact on Japan and its agriculture industry but also the status of ratification in the United States.

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President Obama’s Hiroshima Visit: How it Happened and Why No Apology was Expected in Japan

Author: Tomohiko Taniguchi

Categories: View from Tokyo: Tomo Taniguchi's Take

On May 27, 2016 in Hiroshima, Japan, President Barack Obama delivered one of his best speeches ever, crafted and delivered so masterfully that it will likely leave a lasting legacy. In Hiroshima he towered above any politicking, which can easily get nasty in our less-than-ideal world, especially in an election year. What was behind his visit to Hiroshima? In retrospect many actions and events—some planned, some not—merged to pave the way for President Obama to fulfill his wish to visit Hiroshima while in office.

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