Inouye Visits Tsunami Zone, Meets with Japanese Leaders


Sen. Daniel Inouye (left) and Prime Minister Naoto Kan, accompanied by interpreters, hold talks in Tokyo. (Facebook)

WASHINGTON — Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) traveled to Japan tomorrow to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, U.S. Ambassador John Roos, and other U.S. and Japanese officials to discuss an array of issues, including the relocation of U.S. Marines from Okinawa to Guam and the international response to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Inouye also toured the area of Sendai that was hit hard by the March 11 disaster to assess the relief efforts and evaluate the region’s most pressing needs.

“Every political and government leader of the U.S. and Japan since the end of World War II and the occupation have looked upon the U.S.-Japan relationship as essential to maintaining peace and stability in the region,” said Inouye. “Mike Mansfield, the legendary majority leader of the Senate and former U.S. ambassador to Japan, once said the U.S. -Japan relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the world. Bar none. Period.’”

Inouye met with top business and industrial leaders of the Nippon Keidanren, the Japan Business Federation. He also met with the foreign minister, the minister of defense, and the leadership of the Diet.

In addition, the senator addressed the Japan National Press Club and the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan.

Inouye and his wife, Irene Hirano Inouye, arrived in Japan on May 29 and departed June 4.