Japan: Barack Obama to make historic Hiroshima visit

    Japan: Barack Obama to make historic Hiroshima visit

    May 27, Tokyo: US President Barack Obama is to make a historic visit to Hiroshima on Friday, where the US dropped the world's first nuclear bomb. He will be the first to the Japanese city by a serving US president.

    The nuclear bombing of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 killed at least 140,000 people. Two days later a second nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing another 74,000.

    Obama, during his visit to Japan, said he will not be issuing an apology for the nuclear attack, but will honour all those who died in World War Two, local media reported.

    He told Japanese media the visit would show that "even former adversaries can become the strongest of allies".

    Obama will lay a wreath at the cenotaph, where an eternal flame remembers Hiroshima's dead. He will be joined by bomb survivors living in the now thriving city, local media reports said.

    Many in the US believe the use of the nuclear bomb, though devastating, was right, because it forced Japan to surrender, bringing an end to World War Two.

    The Oslo Times


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