Abe has high hopes for Obama’s Hiroshima visit
Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has expressed hope that US President Barack Obama’s visit to Hiroshima will help to increase the momentum for nuclear disarmament.
The Japanese and US governments have announced that Obama will visit the Japanese city on May 27th after the G7 summit in central Japan.
Obama will be the first incumbent US president to travel to the atomic-bombed city. Abe plans to accompany him.
The Japanese government had maintained that the decision to visit Hiroshima was up to the US government as some Americans think that nuclear weapons had to be used to bring an early end to World War Two.
Abe told reporters on Tuesday that he welcomes Obama’s decision.
He said he wants to make the visit an opportunity for the people of Japan and the US to pay tribute to all the victims. He also said he believes it will provide great momentum for achieving a world free of nuclear arms.
Some officials with the Japanese government say the visit to the atomic-bombed city will send a message about nuclear disarmament because it will be made by the leaders of the country that suffered nuclear attacks and the nation that used the weapons.
Others say it will show the strength of the Japan-US relations.
The international efforts for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation have stalled recently. The major reasons are the conflicting views between nuclear and non-nuclear nations and the chilly relations between the US and Russia.
But the Japanese government is hoping that Obama’s visit to Hiroshima will boost the momentum for achieving his stated goal of a nuclear-free world.
nuclear disarmament 核軍縮、核廃絶
pay tribute 追悼する
victims 被害者 （被爆者）
bring an early end to 早く終わらせる
a nuclear-free world 核兵器のない世界