U.S. President Barack Obama will be traveling to Japan later this month to meet with the leaders of six other industrialized nations.They'll be discussing economic cooperation, energy and international security.While he's there, President Obama is scheduled to visit the Japanese city of Hiroshima.That's where the U.S. dropped the first of two atomic bombs on Japan, killing hundreds of thousands of people and bringing World War II to an end.Obama's trip to Hiroshima would be the first time that a sitting American president visited the city.And the White House says the U.S. leader will discuss his goal for the world to get rid of its nuclear weapons.Critics say the visit would be inappropriate, partly because it will be seen as a U.S. apology for the bombings, and veterans groups say Japan should apologize for its conduct in the war and treatment of American prisoners.
CNN's Will Ripley has made 10 trips to report inside North Korea.He says the communist government which controls its media also restricts international journalists.North Korean officials direct when a camera can be used, where it can be pointed, and Ripley says they've strongly reprimanded him for his reporting which can include facts that are critical of the nation or its leader.More than 100 international reporters have had a number of challenges in covering a major political event called the Workers Party Congress.But one thing that Ripley is that the secretive North Korean government seems very secure.
Few places put on these supersized displays of public adulation better than North Korea.It looks like the entire city of Pyongyang has turned out here.But the government officials here with us say only about half of Pyongyang is here, which would still more than 1 million people.You might ask, when do they have time to practice for these things?Well, we come here, we see people practicing in the evenings after work.It's workplace groups, it's core groups, it's neighborhood centers.Everybody coming together, spending hours and hours to prepare for these displays that North Korea has really become famous for.This time, it's to mark the end of the seventh party congress and the election of the supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, to a brand new, even bigger title, chairman of the Workers Party of Korea.He also was up on stage waving at the crowd and standing beside his new party leadership.And what this means, the unanimous promoting him and the fact that you see all the population out here celebrating the work of the congress,the leader moves forward his plan, his plan to aggressively develop North Korea's nuclear weapons, also trying to grow the economy.
Even though the vast majority of these people didn't participate directly in the political process, only the ruling elite who were standing underneath the supreme leader who were actually at the congress had a vote, a unanimous vote not surprisingly.Still, these people, they were told by their government what happened and now, they are out here celebrating, not asking questions.This is what it means to be a citizen in the North Korean capital.
Will Ripley, CNN, Pyongyang.