Japanese protesters greeted a nuclear-powered American warship at its new home port near Tokyo today, Reuters reports. The USS George Washington drew criticism after reports last month than a US submarine had leaked radioactive material at Japanese ports for 2 years —underscoring the tense relationship between Japanese citizens and the American military, especially on nuclear technology.
Taro Aso, who became Japan's prime minister yesterday, welcomed the new warship as especially important amid heightening tensions with North Korea. But many Japanese are skeptical of the US military, especially given the legacy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. One 70-year-old housewife at the demonstration said, "I can't help but think about radiation damages, so that's why I just can't accept this."