“The president’s time in Hiroshima also will reaffirm America’s longstanding commitment and the president’s personal commitment to pursue the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” Mr. Benjamin J. Rhodes, his deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, said. Obama will also “highlight the remarkable transformation” in relations between the US and Japan.
On the other part, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe framed it as a chance to honor the dead and support the cause of nuclear disarmament. The mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, welcomed the visit but said in a statement he wanted Mr. Obama to outline “concrete steps” to further the cause of disarmament. In Hiroshima, Obama will tour the Peace Memorial Park, constructed atop the busy commercial district obliterated by the bomb.