U.S.-Japan Summit Meetings 日米首脳会談 Vol.6(Trump’s visit to Japan トランプ大統領訪日)

標記関連ツイートの一部を以下貼っておきます。


https://twitter.com/usembassytokyo/status/927713482157510657
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Netherlands オランダ Vol.1(Coalition government 連立政権)

The below links are in English.

オランダ(政党名簿比例代表制)で総選挙後200日以上の連立交渉を経て4党合意に至ったようですので、下記貼っておきます。

Netherlands Vol.4 (Coalition)

Netherlands Vol.3 (general election 15/03/2017)

Peace, Nuclear deterrence … (Obama’s visit to #Hiroshima Vol.4; #Nagasaki)

All the below but one (in Spanish) are in English.


Obama invited back for second Hiroshima visit in peace project (06/20/2017) | AOI IKEGAMI @asahi

Hiroshima before the nuclear bombing shown in beautiful new video, compared with brutal aftermath: 140,000 people were killed in the blast ? almost half the population of the thriving city. (07/12/2017) | Josh Robbins @IBTimes

Japanese museum unveils footage of Hiroshima before nuclear bomb – The black and white video, lasting for a little over three minutes, shows scenes from central Hiroshima, a bustling and lively city in April 1935 (07/23/2017) | @TheNationalUAE

(in Spanish ↓)


Hiroshima, Nagasaki & the First Atomic Bombs (05/09/2014) | Marc Lallanilla @LiveScience

Einstein Saves Hiroshima

Story of cities #24: how Hiroshima rose from the ashes of nuclear destruction – In August 1945, a 16-kilotonne atomic bomb killed 140,000 people and reduced a thriving city to rubble. Hiroshima has been reborn as a place of peace and prosperity, but will memories of those dark days die with the last survivors? (18/04/2016) | Justin McCurry @guardian


Why is Canada boycotting United Nations talks to ban the bomb? – Short answer: the U.S. and NATO believe nuclear war is not only winnable, but can be fought like conventional war (06/14/2017) | Judith Deutsch @nowtoronto


Frank Miller Debunks Nuclear Deterrence Myths, Fake News (06/28/2017) | Peter Huessy @RCDefense

As Hiroshima Day dawns, why are we still tempting nuclear fate? – It is a wonder we have survived all these decades, given US policies on nuclear armament since Hiroshima (06/08/2014) | Norm Chomsky @guardian


What the last Nuremberg prosecutor alive wants the world to know (05/07/2017) | Lesley Stahl @CBSNews


“Unthinkable” – Candidate Trump said that, as President, opponents should never know whether or not he would use nuclear weapons adding uncertainty to Nuclear deterrence. (Podcast; 06/08/2017) | Keir A. Lieber, Daryl Press & Paul Bracken


VlAD’S A BIGGUN Russian nuclear powered submarine test fires a ballistic missile capable of a blast 100 TIMES more powerful than Hiroshima – The?Bulava missile, which weighs over 36 tonnes, carries six nuclear warheads and can travel nearly 6,000 miles across the globe (w Video; 29/06/2017) | Mark Hodge @TheSun


The Sad March of the Japanese Left (05/01/2017) | M. W. Larson @LAReviewofBooks

https://twitter.com/HerbotsTheo/status/1076480070179569664
https://twitter.com/HerbotsTheo/status/1076480070179569664

cf. Obama’s visit to Hiroshima Vol.3 Obama’s visit to Hiroshima Vol.2 Obama’s visit to Hiroshima Vol.1 Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor

ツイッター paper.li Vol.24

All the below links are in English.

弊社ツイッターアカウントの一つ @WSjp_insight のRTによる paper.li 掲載記事9件を貼っておきます。

Private Banking and Wealth Management are still stuck in the past (07/25/2017) | @DeloitteCH @FintechCH

ETH Zurich team creates all-concrete SkelETHon canoe built on slender “bones” (27/06/2017) | @emmatucker @dezeen @swissnexSF

Dunedin suits publishing business well (06/07/2017) | @sallyrae8 @odtnews @otago

Profiles of Norwegian science: Russia, Norway’s High North neighbor (06/30/2017) | @IlanKelman @NAWeekly

Profiles of Norwegian science: Russia, Norway’s High North neighbor (06/30/2017) | @IlanKelman @NAWeekly

7 Ways to Celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday (12/22/2016) | @daliahsinger @outsidemagazine

Joint Ocean Ice Studies | @DFO_Science

Complaints to CER about energy suppliers down (w Voice; 08/06/2017) | @Irish_Biz @rte

Aberdeen scientists need your help to track the spread of New Zealand Flatworms (01/06/2017) | @aberdeenuni

Canada カナダ Vol.5 (建国150周年 #Canada150)

(All the below links are in English.)

建国150周年となった今年のカナダデー(Canada Day; 建国記念日; 7月1日)関連の情報を以下貼っておきます。

Canada Vol.36 (#Canada150 …)

Canada Vol.35 (New Brunswick, Canada Day #Canada150)

色々考えさせられます。

“The Creation and Destruction of Value” 価値の創造と破壊 Vol.17

(All the below links are in English.)

Vol.17 パワーポリティクスの重要性(第5章-7)

 『今世紀の米国』とも言われる中国は、当初は中小民間企業の発展による近代経済の奇跡を起こしていたが、1990年代までには大手国営企業が民間企業を邪魔するようになってしまい、世界で最も近代的な都市と評されることもある上海は、中国で最も非起業的な都市とも言われている。
 また、中国は、IMFやWTOにおける自国の国際的影響力が国力ほど大きくないのではないかという心配をしている。戦間期に米国が、古き覇権国であった英国のパワーの道具かのようで英国の利益に直結していた国際連盟に、心地悪さを覚えたのと同様である。
 そして、2009年初期のベストセラー『不幸な中国』は中国が超大国として自国の権利を主張することを促し、2008年10月24日のASEM直前には胡主席(当時)は構築される国際秩序においてより大きな声で中国のリーダーシップを発揮していくと約束している。2009年3月には、世界の中心国家たる中国は、米ドルの将来の役割の不透明さを取り上げ、世界の中心国家で無かったフランスが1960年代に主張していた基軸通貨をドルから総合的準備通貨へ変更する計画を持ち出したりもした。

あくまで参考
Capitalism with Chinese Characteristics – Entrepreneurship and the State (PDF; 2008) | YASHENG HUANG @MITSloan
Is China the New America?: The Great Depression made the United States the world’s unquestioned financial leader. The current crisis can do the same for China. (3/25/2009) | Harold James @ForeignPolicy
Towards a new reserve currency system? | @HrReisen @OECD_Centre @OECDObserver

Easter イースター 2017

All the below links are in English.

先祖代々生まれ育った人達の肌感覚での理解に並ぶのは一生無理ですが、歴史・由来・意味・慣行などを少しずつ理解していくことがビジネス上も重要であろうと考えております。それゆえ、今般は、標記関連記事を少し集めてみました(直接関係の無いものも含まれている場合があります)ので、下記貼っておきます。北欧とオセアニアの、検索後すぐに目に付いた記事の内容やトーンの違いが大きい、など驚きもありました。

USA, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Sweden Easter 2017 (4/16/2017) | World Solutions

Good Friday (& Agreement) (4/14/2017) | World Solutions

Why Easter is called Easter, and other little-known facts about the holiday (4/12/2017) | @BrentLandau @ConversationUS

Here’s Why Easter Eggs Are a Thing (4/14/2017) | @OBWax @TIME Prof Carole Levin @UNLincoln, Prof Henry Kelly @UCLA, Prof Ronald Hutton @BristolUni, Prof Anthony Aveni @colgateuniv

(Ireland,) Sweden, France, Australia, USA, Norway Easter traditions around the world: who delivers the eggs?! | @AlisonBough @HerFamilydotie

(UK,) Hungary, Norway, Armenia, Belarus, Malta, Italy(Liguria) Easter traditions in Europe (4/1/2017) | @BradtGuides

Finland Easter in Finland is filled with witches, fun traditions and flavours | @Gofinland_fi

Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil, Russia, Denmark, UK, Lebanon, Mexico(Capirotada), Greece(Tsoureki), South Africa(Cape Malay Pickled Fish) What the World Eats and Drinks for Easter (3/23/2017) | @bonematlarge @foodandwine

France Easter‘s Traditions in France (4/14/2017) | Camille Chevalier-Karfis @FrenchToday

Italy 12 Italian Easter foods you have to try at least once (4/12/2017) | @TheLocalItaly

Germany All about Easter Eggs | @LearnGermanCoac

Switzerland Egg-smashing and bread bunnies: how to celebrate Easter the Swiss way (4/6/2017) | @TheLocalSwitzer

Austria How to celebrate Easter in Austria (4/10/2017) | @TheLocalAustria

Helen’s ‘homecoming’ lamb recipe | @Tesco

Leg of lamb with amazing gravy | @jamieoliver

Iceland Launches Chocolate-Infused Cheese For Easter (And We’re Not Sure How We Feel About It) (3/28/2017) | @tashahinde @HuffPostUK

Decorate Easter eggs | @arduino

What’s so ‘good’ about Good Friday? (4/14/2017) | @BruceAshford @FoxNewsOpinion

#EasterMonday Canada Vol.32 (Prince Edward Island) (4/17/2017) | World Solutions

#BeefWellington New Zealand Vol.10 (Wellington, Manawatu-Wanganui) (4/15/2017) | World Solutions

The world’s first Christian country Caucasus Vol.1 (Armenia) (4/11/2017) | World Solutions

Religious state South Carolina Vol.2 (4/13/2017) | World Solutions

U.S.A. アメリカ Vol.16(Policy Changes Vol.6 — 政策変更)

All the below links are in English.

以下弊社ページ(全て英語)は、標記につき取り急ぎ関係記事等の一部を抜粋したものです。
各回、複数の分類に入り得る記事があります。
今後も、原則として、弊社英語サイトにて動向を追う等して参ります。

Vol.55(ニクソン政権との比較 Vol.1)

Vol.54(R&D Vol.2)

Vol.53(観光、IT等 Vol.3 - ホテル産業、デジタルディバイド)

Vol.52(その他 Vol.7 - 価値観、国体)

Vol.51(その他 Vol.6 - 論文:格差と民主主義制度の反応性)

Vol.50(インフラ Vol.5 - 水道)

Vol.49(外交 Vol.8)

Vol.48(ヘルスケア Vol.4)

Vol.47(その他 Vol.5 - 論文:政治の機能不全)

Vol.46(雇用 Vol.5 - 貿易、有給休暇、最低賃金、収入)

Vol.45(外交 Vol.7 - 論文:グローバリゼーション)

Vol.44(安全保障 Vol.3 - テロリズム、予算、核、IS)

“The Creation and Destruction of Value” 価値の創造と破壊 Vol.15

(All the below links are in English.)

Vol.15 パワーポリティクスの重要性(第5章-5)

 ユーロの新興国の中央銀行が保有するのに、米国国債の代替としてユーロ建て国債を挙げる考え方もある。しかし、ユーロの先行きも米ドル同様に不透明である。そして、米国金融危機の新興国市場への爆裂により、欧州の銀行の不安定に係る懸念材料が新たに加わった。
 第一に、中欧のEU加盟国及び非加盟国の銀行の為替リスクが非常に高まったために、例えばオーストリアでは同国銀行が周辺国に貸出等している同国GDP比70%相当の2300億ユーロが危険に晒されることとなった。
 第二に、ユーロ地域でのマクロ経済政策の難しさである。1999年の単一通貨・為替レート固定により競争力の違いを為替レートで調整できなくなり、物品生産構造から生じる競争力の違いを助長した。例えば、皮革や繊維などを売り物にするイタリアは、精密機械などを売り物にするドイツよりも、高成長の新興国との競争において脆弱である、などである。
 第三に、マーストリヒト条約締結以来永く論じられてきた財政政策である。EUの予算は加盟国のそれに比較して少なく、各加盟国がそれぞれ拠出している。問題は、伊希葡などは公債比率が高く、財政政策によっても経済危機を免れそうになく、EU全体としては財政政策は無力であることであった。
 第四に、経済情勢下降局面でのケインズ的需要喚起策は1930年代の不況期の知的生産物であったので、あくまで国内を満たす仕様であったことである。財政出動の恩恵が国内から漏れてしまい外国も恩恵に与る時代には、国内経済浮揚策としては無駄が多く魅力に欠けてしまうこととなった。加えて、ケインズ主義は大国には効果的だが、小国には財政出動の負担が大きいため抑制的にかつ国民の自己犠牲的にならざるを得ないという点があった。

あくまで参考
The Euro as a Reserve Currency (PDF; Nov 1997) | Barry Eichengreen @UCBerkeley
Global Imbalances: past, present and future (PDF; 2011) | Marcello de Cecco, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and LUISS @INETeconomics
The euro as a reserve currency: a challenge to the pre-eminence of the US dollar? (PDF; 2009) | Gabriele Galati & Philip Wooldridge @BIS-org
Global Imbalances: The New Economy, the Dark Matter, the Savvy Investor, and the Standard Analysis (PDF; March 2006) | Barry Eichengreen @UCBerkeley
AN ESSAY ON THE REVIVED BRETTON WOODS SYSTEM (PDF; September 2003) | Michael P. Dooley, David Folkerts-Landau, Peter Garber @nberpubs
Regulation and supervisory architecture: Is the EU on the right path? (speech; 2/12/2009) | Lorenzo Bini Smaghi @ECB

U.S.-Japan Summit Meetings 日米首脳会談 Vol.4(Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor 安倍首相の真珠湾訪問 – via U.S. newspaper companies)

All the below links are in English.

標記の安倍首相真珠湾訪問についてのアメリカの新聞社の記事15件と一部抜粋です。
Here are articles on Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe’s visit to Pearl Harbor with U.S. President Barack Obama. Excerpts are on our own.

Japan’s Abe offers ‘everlasting condolences’ during historic visit (w Videos; 12/28/2016) | @MelYamaguchi @HawaiiNewsNow
‘The ghosts of war’
Charles Morrison, East-West Center president, said Abe’s visit is a strong symbolic sign of the close relationship between Japan and the United States.
“It doesn’t end all of the ghosts of the war, but it reduces it,” he said. “They stand for their countries dedicating themselves to an era of cooperation that’s going to be even more important in the future.” …
Two cabinet members, Defense Minister Tomomi Inada and Foreign Affairs Minister Fumio Kishida, also attended the events. …
‘A big deal’
Abe’s Pearl Harbor visit marks a remarkable transformation in U.S.-Japan relations; the two have grown into close allies in the decades since they faced off in brutal conflict. At the same time, it’s significant that it took more than 70 years for the two nations to get to this point.
“This is definitely a big deal,” said Sal Miwa, of the Japan-America Society of Hawaii. …
A rare visit
“I personally don’t think that large powers make apologies to others,” Morrison said. “To acknowledge the wartime deaths in both countries, not just those who died in these attacks but those who died in the whole conflict, I think it just exactly the right way to go.” …
However, many news agencies suggest Abe’s Pearl Harbor visit could encourage a deeper friendship between Japan and the U.S. and could even lift his approval ratings.
Rick Tsujimura, of the East-West Center board of governors, said the timing of the historic joint appearance was perfect, since holding it on Dec. 7 would have been distracting. “Prime Minister Abe’s presence here is sort of the bookend to President Obama’s visit to Hiroshima,” Tsujimura said.
U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, also attended the commemoration ceremony Tuesday along with three-time Bronze Star recipient and World War II veteran Kenji Ego, who served with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.

The Latest: Obama calls Japan’s premier’s visit ‘historic’ (12/27/2016) | @StarTribune
Hawaii local time 12:30 p.m.
… Obama says it shows “the fruits of peace always outweigh the plunder of war.”
Obama says the U.S.-Japan relationship is now a cornerstone of peace in the world. He says the alliance has never been stronger. …

Japan’s Prime Minister Visits Pearl Harbor With President Barack Obama:Shinzo Abe struck a similar theme in his remarks as the president did at Hiroshima by acknowledging suffering from Japan’s surprise attack but stopping short of apology (12/27/2016) | @CarolELee @WSJ
… Mr. Abe struck a theme in his remarks similar to Mr. Obama’s in Hiroshima—acknowledging the suffering from Japan’s surprise attack and calling Pearl Harbor a symbol of reconciliation between the two countries, but stopping short of an apology. …
Mr. Obama thanked Mr. Abe for his presence, calling it a “historic gesture” that “speaks to the power of reconciliation.” …
The two leaders, who earlier held a private meeting with their delegations, exited side-by-side to applause.

Japanese Leader Offers Condolences in Visit to Pearl Harbor (w Video; 12/27/2016) | @nytmike @nytimes
… For his part, Mr. Obama described in detail what occurred on the day of the attack, highlighted acts of heroism by American service members and said that the visit of Mr. Abe “reminds us what is possible between nations and between people.”
Mr. Obama added, in what seemed a warning after the scorching American presidential campaign: “Even when hatred burns hottest and the tug of tribalism is at the most primal, we must resist the urge to turn in. We must resist the urge to demonize those who are different. The sacrifice made here, the angst of war, reminds us to seek the divine spark that is common to all humanity.”
… In a statement earlier this month, the White House said that “the meeting will be an opportunity for the two leaders to review our joint efforts over the past four years to strengthen the U.S.-Japan alliance, including our close cooperation on a number of security, economic, and global challenges.”
… And Mr. Trump suggested that Japan would be better off if it had nuclear weapons. …

At Pearl Harbor, Obama says ‘we must resist the urge to demonize those who are different’ (12/27/2016) | @cparsons @latimes

At Pearl Harbor, Obama says ‘we must resist the urge to demonize those who are different’ (w Video; 12/27/2016) | @cparsons @chicagotribune
… They expressed concern that the lessons of the war might be forgotten amid a shifting world order and the anti-internationalist sentiment that has swept over politics around the globe…
“Ours is an alliance of hope that will lead us to the future,” Abe said, speaking to World War II veterans after paying tribute at the Pearl Harbor memorial. “What has bonded us together is the power of reconciliation, made possible through the spirit of tolerance.” …
But Trump has obliterated long-established protocols. He spoke with Taiwanese leader Tsai Ing-wen despite the U.S. policy of officially acknowledging no Chinese government other than the one in Beijing. …
…Sterling Cale…
“‘Sorry’ is just a word,” Cale said. “What matters more is the action of coming here and going out there with our commander in chief. That says more than words.” …
“Today, the alliance between the United States and Japan, bound not only by shared interests, but also rooted in common values, stands as the cornerstone of peace and stability in the Asia Pacific, and a force for progress around the globe,” Obama said. …

Japan’s Abe offers ‘everlasting condolences’ at Pearl Harbor (12/27/2016) | @joshledermanAP,@CalebAP @AP @BostonGlobe
… That was the closest Abe would get to an apology for the attack. And it was enough for Obama, who also declined to apologize seven months ago when he became America’s first sitting president to visit Hiroshima, where the US dropped an atomic bomb in a bid to end the war. …
… ‘‘War is war.’’
‘‘They were doing what they were supposed to do, and we were doing what we were supposed to do,’’…
… His remarks capped a day that was carefully choreographed by the US and Japan to show a strong and growing alliance between former foes.
… It was a bookend of sorts for the president, who nearly eight years ago invited Abe’s predecessor to be the first leader he hosted at the White House.
… but Abe was the first to go to the memorial above the sunken USS Arizona, where a marbled wall lists the names of U.S. troops killed in the Japanese attack.
… The visit was not without political risk for Abe, given the Japanese people’s long, emotional reckoning… Japan’s government still insists it had intended to give prior notice that it was declaring war and failed only because of ‘‘bureaucratic bungling.’’
…Tamaki Tsukada, a minister in the Embassy of Japan in Washington. …
In the years after Pearl Harbor, the US incarcerated roughly 120,000 Japanese-Americans in internment camps before dropping atomic bombs in 1945 that killed some 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 70,000 in Nagasaki. …

At Pearl Harbor, US and Japan seek absolution from the war (12/27/2016) | @joshledermanAP,@CalebAP @AP @stltoday

At Pearl Harbor, US and Japan seek absolution from the war (w Video; 12/27/2016) | @joshledermanAP,@CalebAP ‏@bskoloff,@mariyamaguchi @AP @KSL5TV
… Japanese officials said that in their talks, Abe and Obama agreed Tuesday to closely monitor the movements of China’s first and sole aircraft carrier, which has sailed into the western Pacific for the first time. Taiwan’s Defense Ministry reported Monday that the aircraft carrier and five warships sailed 90 nautical miles south of Taiwan, a self-governing island claimed by China. Beijing called it a routine training exercise.
In their last meeting before Obama leaves office next month, the two leaders affirmed that movements by the Chinese carrier Liaoning “warrant close attention from mid-term and long-term perspectives,” the officials said. Late last week, the Liaoning advanced into the western Pacific after passing the so-called “first island chain,” a sea defense line China unilaterally draws running from southern Japan to Taiwan, the Philippines and the southern South China Sea. …

At Pearl Harbor, US and Japan seek absolution from the war (12/27/2016) | @joshledermanAP,@CalebAP‏ @bskoloff,@mariyamaguchi @AP @seattletimes
… But in Washington Tuesday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the U.S. recognizes lawful uses of the sea, and the same rights apply to the U.S., China and other nations.
He said, “as we often make the case with our own naval vessels sailing … in those same waters, it’s freedom of navigation.”
Earlier this month, a Chinese navy vessel seized an U.S. Navy underwater glider that the U.S. said was conducting oceanic research in international waters off the Philippines. The U.S. called the seizure illegal and made a diplomatic protest. China returned the glider five days later. …

Japan’s Shinzo Abe offers ‘everlasting condolences’ at Pearl Harbor (12/27/2016) | @AP @NOLAnews
… “This visit, and the president’s visit to Hiroshima earlier this year, would not have been possible eight years ago,” said Daniel Kritenbrink, Obama’s top Asia adviser in the White House. “That we are here today is the result of years of efforts at all levels of our government and societies, which has allowed us to jointly and directly deal with even the most sensitive aspects of our shared history.” …
…Tamaki Tsukada…

Philly garden to honor man who challenged internment of Japanese Americans (12/27/2016) | @mwinberg_ @PhillyInquirer
… “At that time, I wasn’t thinking about his wartime experiences,” said (Kenneth) Finkel, a distinguished lecturer in American studies at Temple University. “But I’m sure he was, during every step of our time there.”
Morris Finkel, a prominent antiques dealer who died five years ago, had served as a lieutenant in the Navy aboard the destroyer USS Southerland, the first American warship to enter Tokyo Bay after Japan’s surrender, and his wartime experiences had biased him, his son said. …
Next month in Philadelphia, a new spotlight will shine on the often-fraught relationship between the two nations, when the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden holds a ceremony in memory of Fred Korematsu, an ordinary citizen who challenged the forced removal and mass incarceration of himself and other Japanese Americans during World War II. …
Korematsu was born and raised in Oakland, Calif., and worked as a shipyard welder. At age 23, he refused U.S. government orders to go to a Japanese internment camp and was arrested and convicted of violating the order. He appealed, but in 1944 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that his internment was permissible. That decision was overturned nearly 40 years later, in 1983, when Korematsu was in his 60s. …
(Kim) Andrews said the site’s message of cultural unity has remained consistent. “Shofuso was . . . intended as gift to American people in postwar years,” she said. “That was unusual at the time. Japan was in rough shape, and just coming out of American supervision. It was a heartwarming gesture, a symbol of Japanese culture.”
The site “evokes a lot of emotion to visitors, because it represents a lot of Japanese tradition,” said Dennis Morikawa, president of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia. …

Obama, Japan’s Abe make somber visit to Pearl Harbor 75 years after surprise attack (w Video; 12/27/2016) | @blyte,@DavidNakamura @washingtonpost
…on Dec. 7, 1941. President Franklin D. Roosevelt had called it “a date which will live in infamy.”
… Obama declared that the “hallowed harbor” stands as a symbol not just of the valor of the Americans who fought to defend it, but also of the power of reconciliation between former enemies. It was a message, he suggested, that remains as resonant today as over the past seven decades.
…even when the tug of tribalism is the most primal, we must resist the urge to turn inward; we must resist the urge to demonize those who are different,”…
… This is the solemn vow we the people of Japan have taken,” Abe said, speaking mostly in Japanese. …
Obama praised the “greatest generation” that served in the war, including his maternal grandfather and the late Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii). The longtime senator, who died in 2012, served with fellow Japanese Americans in the highly decorated 442nd Regimental Combat Team at a time when the United States jailed many Japanese and Japanese Americans in internment camps. …
Abe thanked the United States for helping rebuild Japan after the devastation of the war, noting that Americans sent food and clothing to the Japanese people. …
… But the Japanese government has insisted that Tokyo had not intended it as a sneak attack. Rather, a cable notifying the U.S. military of the attack was delayed due to “bureaucratic bungling,” Tamaki Tsukada, a spokesman for the Japanese Embassy in Washington, said ahead of Abe’s visit.
“There’s this sense of guilt, if you like, among Japanese, this ‘Pearl Harbor syndrome,’ that we did something very unfair,” Tsukada said. He added that the prime minister’s visit could help “absolve that kind of complex that Japanese people have.”
… Japanese singer and film and television actor Ryotaro Sugi was at the event as well.
… “It’s time that all nations put away the atomic bomb. I congratulate Japan for doing that and I’m happy the prime minister is here.”
Obama flashed a traditional Hawaiian “shaka” sign, a gesture of friendship, before departing.

Japanese leader offers ‘everlasting condolences’ at Pearl Harbor memorial (12/27/2016) | @DaveBoyer @WashTimes
… The president also praised the U.S.-Japan alliance for “slowing the spread of nuclear weapons,” also seemingly a dig against Mr. Trump. …
The historic meeting was likely to be Mr. Obama’s last with a foreign leader as president. It came six months after Mr. Obama paid a similar visit to Hiroshima, Japan, where he became the first sitting U.S. president to see the site of the nuclear bomb attack by the U.S. that helped to force Japan’s surrender in 1945. …
China criticized Mr. Abe’s visit as an insincere attempt to absolve Japan of its wartime aggression.
“Trying to liquidate the history of World War II by paying a visit to Pearl Harbor and consoling the dead is just wishful thinking on Japan’s part,” said Hua Chunying, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman in Beijing.
“Japan can never turn this page over without reconciliation from China and other victimized countries in Asia,” she said. “Japanese leaders should stop being so evasive and dodging, and instead take a responsible attitude toward history and future, deeply and sincerely reflect upon the history of aggressive war, and draw a clear break with the past.”
For Mr. Obama, the meeting with the Japanese premier also underscored his limited impact in his attempt to “rebalance” U.S. foreign policy toward the Asia-Pacific region. …
Dan Kritenbrink, Mr. Obama’s senior director for Asian affairs at the National Security Council, called the meeting “a powerful demonstration of how the two countries can overcome a very painful history to become the closest of allies and friends.” …

Without Obama, Shinzo Abe’s Approach to U.S.-Japan Ties May Be Tested (12/27/2016) | @motokorich @nytimes
…Kyoji Fukao, a professor of international economics at Hitotsubashi University.
…Takatoshi Ito, a professor of international finance and trade at Columbia University. …
Mr. Obama provided very clear promises of protection. …he declared that a security treaty obligated the United States to defend Japan in its confrontation with… It was the first time an American president had explicitly said so.
…Sheila A. Smith, a Japan expert at the Council on Foreign Relations. …
…Mr. Abe has worked for months to develop a relationship with Russia, trying to resolve… But a recent…with little progress.
… He visited Cuba and talked with the former leader Fidel Castro before he died… In October, Japan and Britain conducted their first joint military exercises…
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…Fumiaki Kubo, a professor of political science at the University of Tokyo…

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