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Hiroshima marks 70 years since atomic bomb

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Residents in the Japanese city of Hiroshima are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the first atomic bomb being dropped by a US aircraft.

A ceremony, attended by PM Shinzo Abe, was held at Hiroshima's memorial park before thousands of lanterns are released on the city's Motoyasu river.

The bombing - and a second one on Nagasaki three days later - is credited with bringing to an end World War Two.

But it claimed the lives of at least 140,000 people in the city.

A US B-29 bomber called the Enola Gay dropped the uranium bomb, exploding some 600m (1,800ft) above the city, at around 08:10 on 6 August 1945.




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 Lucy Barnable    5,363

Obama wanted to say sorry for Hiroshima but Tokyo stopped him


HIROSHIMA: While the US is still despised by many in Japan for refusing to apologise for the Hiroshima and Nagasaki nuclear bomb attack of 1945 which had killed 200,000 people, leaked US diplomatic cables paint an entirely different story, saying Obama in fact wanted to say sorry for the massacre during his 2009 official visit to Tokyo but the Japanese authorities had themselves stopped him from doing so.


According to leaked US diplomatic cables [as reported by The Japan Times], during his November 2009 official visit to Japan, President Barack Obama wanted to apologise to the people of Japan for dropping nuclear bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but the Japanese government had stopped him, saying: “No, you are not apologising for that”. The cable has quoted the then US Ambassador to Japan John Roos as telling the Obama administration that Japan doesn’t think it is a good idea for President Barack Obama to visit Hiroshima or to apologise for dropping atomic bombs on two Japanese cities during World War II.





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