All eyes are now on whether U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima after next month’s G-7 Ise-Shima summit of leading industrial nations. If he does, one hopes it would be a journey that would close old wounds in both Japan and the U.S.
To help convince the president to come, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida emphasized to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at last week’s G-7 Foreign Ministers’ meeting that Japan was serious about getting rid of nuclear weapons. The message from ordinary Japanese, meanwhile, was that no apology was needed. They simply want Obama to come to Hiroshima to see what happened so as to reinforce his belief, which is also Japan’s belief, that nuclear weapons should be eliminated.