John Kerry in Hiroshima earlier this month. His boss, Barack Obama, should take time out from the forthcoming G7 summit in Japan to visit the city as well. Photo: Kyodo

Obama’s last chance to provide global leadership in pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons

Kevin Rafferty says the outgoing US president, now less beholden to public opinion, should visit Hiroshima during this month’s G7 summit, while working to bring China and India further into the global fold

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John Kerry in Hiroshima earlier this month. His boss, Barack Obama, should take time out from the forthcoming G7 summit in Japan to visit the city as well. Photo: Kyodo
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Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty

Kevin Rafferty, a journalist for 50 years, started writing about cricket and football for The Observer when at Oxford University. He joined the foreign staff of the Financial Times, was in charge of the FT’s Asian coverage, and opened the paper’s first Hong Kong office. He has lived and worked in Delhi, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Osaka, and Washington, and edited daily papers in 30 major cities during IMF and multilateral development bank meetings. He was professor in the Institute for Academic Initiatives at Osaka University.