Kanrin Maru Symposium

May 12, 2010 12:00 AM

2010 is the 150th year since the Kanrin Maru, the first Japanese ship to sail across the Pacific, came to San Francisco. There was a symposium in SF on US-Japan bilateral relationship. I talked about what US and Japan can do to the world and to Asia: Expand NATO to NAPTO (North Atlantic & Pacific Treaty Organization) to spread the Common Value such as democracy, rule of the law, human rights and Market economy; Work towards the nuclear free world, i.e. Invite President Obama to Nagasaki to renew our determination to make the city the last place on the earth where the nuclear weapon was used, Build the Nuclear Holocaust Museum next to the UN for the global leaders who come to the UN to see the nuclear reality, and Press North Korea, Iran, India, Pakistan and Israel to join the NPT as a non-nuclear state; Engage China into the international rules, i.e. foreign aid, intellectual property rights protection and transparency in defense spending; Step into the Middle East Peace Process together, especially the Palestine issue.