American history

JFK’s Cancelled Relay 1 Address to the Japanese People

This address to the Japanese people by US President John F. Kennedy was recorded and scheduled to be broadcast via the then new Relay 1 TV satellite on the morning of November 23, 1963 (Japan time). The technological effort was designed to further cement ties between the US and Japan. It was also a symbolic gesture, as Kennedy was a veteran of the Pacific War and he had lost two crewmembers along with his torpedo boat to an IJN destroyer. However, when Japan woke up that morning it did not see this address, but instead news reports that Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas.