A US warship, the USS Blue Ridge, caused controversy as it docked at a Nagasaki harbor, despite refusal of entry from the mayor and regional governor.
Ordinarily stationed in Yokosuka (near Tokyo), the purpose of the ship’s arrival was to promote friendship between Japan and the United States, however the pacifist Nagasaki local government does not want to be friends with a nuclear armed US.
As per an agreement made in 1960, local officials are unable to refuse US ships from entering their ports, and neither Japan nor the Navy was prepared to take any notice of them. Several hundred citizens, including atomic bomb survivors, mounted a protest as the vessel arrived.
It is the seventh such visit by a US naval vessel; Nagasaki itself is right by the US naval base at Sasebo.
Osamu Yoshitomi, an official in Nagasaki City, the second city razed by atomic weapons, gave the following statement:
We don’t want to see the US flag flying at this port, and this feeling will not change until the United States takes a policy towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.
Following the arrival of current US president Barack Obama, some bomb survivors had somehow convinced themselves he would move the US towards a policy of abolitionism.
The USS Blue Ridge itself is a “Blue Ridge” class command and control ship; non-nuclear and carrying only light defensive armaments, its purpose is apparently to serve as a floating hotel for officers when it is not directing amphibious landings.
Via Yahoo News.