This trip has been in the background for nearly two years; Obama was not able to make it last fall and has wanted to go there and express remorse for American Military Action in 広島 and 長崎 in the closing days of World War II. His Ambassador to Japan has already done this--or so it was locally interpreted.
Now the Japanese language Conservative Sankei News, large circulation daily in Japan is breaking with news from both D.C. and in Tokyo among knowledgeable US-Japan sources that OBAMA HAS DEFINITIVELY TOLD JAPAN TO NOT EXPECT HIM TO MAKE THE VISIT TO HIROSHIMA when he is next in Japan in November.The reasons stated were the touchy US 2010 mid-term elections, the sentiment this act may generate with the American People, overall US-Japan relations factors, and others. Anothere reason, noted in the headline, was internal DJP leadership election issues which could not bring Japan's side to agreement on how to proceed with this.
Japanese head of story:
English synopsis translation of the original Japanese language article just out now through Sankei.
[Conservative and patriotic friends in the blogosphere: If referencing this story word-for-word on your blog in an effort to viralize this report, please quote Free Repubilc and "AiT", providing a direct link to this FR story]. This concludes my overview translation and synopsis.
Obama will probably apologize to the grave of King George next.
Huh, maybe he’s learned a little something.
Express remorse for dropping bombs in WWII?
Well, you know, that probably IS something that might make voters mad. Ya think?
Then the odds would be greater for a clean sweep.
Coward - you KNOW he wants to apologize.
Obama’s just gutless all the way around. He’s a disgrace to the office he holds.
Nice going putz, you're batting 1.000.
Hiroshima is what made them the closing days of WWII.
Obastard isn’t afraid of being re-elected because he knew his agenda was against the people of the United States.
What a ingrate and trash this guy is! I will never forgive the loons who voted for this thing.
I have never thanked you personally for your takes and translations from Tokyo. I am most grateful. It is WONDERFUL to know one of our great allies are seeing through this Administration!
My 15 year old daughter is now exploring the wonderful Japanese language. I hope at sometime in the future, without politics, you can show us the best way for her to learn this most beautiful but complex language.
Sincerely, Florida FReeper
I apologize for my bad grammar.
Didnt he already apaologize last year? Geeze, how many times do we have to apologize for something that only he is sorry for?
*** and has wanted to go there and express remorse for American Military Action***
Back about 1968-1969 I saw a cartoon in MAD or CRACKED magazine.
It showed FDR bowing to the Japanese Emperor and apologizing for American ships at Pearl Harbor blowing up and damaging the hearing of Japanese pilots flying overhead.
Folks, the forces of revisionist history never rest. Does anyone remember the 1994 enola gay exhibit at the smithsonian? There was a concerted effort to portray the japanese as the victims of WWII. But there were enough people still alive who knew otherwise, that common sense prevailed. They’ll keep trying though.
It’s like I was reading their minds....
The ground zero mosque and Hiroshima all rolled into one.
Mine had a somewhat different outcome.
A million American soldiers were estimated to be casualties. Though defeat was a matter of time, Japan had no intention to surrender.
Remember, the Emporer was god in Japan. It was a religious/fascist state (similar to Islamic countries but with the Emporer god on earth).
Dropping the bomb saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans and likely a few million Japanese.
Japan started the war. We finished it.
If any apology is due, it is from Japan for starting the war. They set in course the events which resulted in their defeat.
America owes an apology to no one for World War 2.
Will we be apologizing to Germany for defeating Hitler next? We surely would have used the atomic bomb to end the war in Europe had it been developed.
Obama, our foreign-born and anti-colonial usurper-in-thief, continues his misguided apology tour.
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