Kyodo News reported that Naoto Kan had visited Iwo Jima today. Officially, Kan went there to observe the efforts to unearth the remains of the war dead.
After I read this article, I thought, with all the chaos surrounding Japan, why would he visit Iwo Jima now? In retrospect, Japan sent Kan to Iwo Jima because they wanted something. They wanted me to write an article about the return of Iwo Jima to Japan. My government did not let me write that article now. But they would let me write that article a few months later, in February.
To this day, I don’t know whether things would have turned out differently had my government allowed me to write that article now.