April 24 - At the Emperor's Banquet, U.S. President Barack Obama recalled the ''kindness'' shown to him by the Japanese when he visited the country with his mother decades ago. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. President Barack Obama was welcomed to a state banquet by Japan's Emperor Akihito on Thursday (April 24), on the second day of the first full state visit to Japan by a U.S. President since 1996. Obama is being treated to a display of pomp and ceremony meant to show that the U.S.-Japan alliance, the main pillar of America's security strategy in Asia, is solid at a time of rising tensions over growing Chinese assertiveness and North Korean nuclear threats. Other guests invited to the dinner included U.S. ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. "It has been nearly fifty years since my mother first brought me to Japan, but I've never forgotten the kindness that the Japanese people showed me as a six-year-old boy far away from home," said Obama. He arrived in Tokyo on Wednesday (April 23) at the start of a four-nation trip that comes at a time of rising tension in the region, and as the United States urges Japan's unpredictable neighbor North Korea not to conduct another nuclear test. He flies to South Korea on Friday (April 25).