Roos to attend A-bomb ceremony in Hiroshima and Nagasaki


U.S. Ambassador John Roos will attend this year’s atomic bomb ceremonies in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, sources said Friday.

The Hiroshima event is Tuesday while the ceremony in Nagasaki will be held next Friday, commemorating the 68th anniversary of the U.S. atomic bombings.

The ambassador’s attendance will be officially announced soon, the sources close to Japan-U.S. relations said.

Roos, who will soon step down from his post, became in 2010 the first U.S. ambassador to attend the Hiroshima ceremony. Last year he became the first to go to the memorial in Nagasaki.

This will be the third year in a row he has attended the Hiroshima ceremony.

Roos is an appointee of President Barack Obama, who has made policy speeches pushing for a world without nuclear weapons.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida are scheduled to attend the ceremonies in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The government is arranging for Abe to also visit nursing homes for atomic bomb survivors and meet with their representatives to listen to their requests.

Kishida will be the first foreign minister to attend the annual ceremony in Nagasaki, according to the Foreign Ministry.

  • A M Corbett

    Good for him of course but I can`t believe it was only from 2010 that any US ambassador faced up to going to these ceremonies.

  • Don Krieger

    Remember the Context:

    The first great act of the cold war was the partition of Europe by the Soviet Union and the US/Great Britain alliance.

    The second great act of the cold war was the obliteration of two defenseless Japanese cities with nuclear weapons by the United States. It’s primary purpose was to make clear to the Soviet Union that we had the means and the political will to cause them devastating harm. And that was its primary long term political effect.

    The notion that this act saved hundreds of thousands of American lives which would have been needed to end the war and to occupy and pacify Japan was propaganda then and it’s propaganda now. Japan was already defeated. Its ability to threaten American forces in the Pacific both by sea and by air was gone. And there was no need to occupy and pacify Japan. There was no threat within Japan of impending civil war. There was no threat of invasion of Japan by some other nation due to its vulnerability.

    I am horrified that our trusted government carried out this unnecessary and inhuman act of brutality. There is no way to step back from it or to amend it.

    I am alarmed and ashamed that we as a nation were then and are to this day still so readily willing to accept empty arguments to justify an act of ultimate cowardice, snuffing out the lives of 150,000+ lives in an instant for no reason.


    • misterjag

      Sure. After spending nearly 36% of its GDP on war costs and suffering hundreds of thousands of casualties, the U.S. wasn’t going to occupy and democratize Japan? LOL.