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Japan marks 69th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

TOKYO (AP) - Japan marked the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on Wednesday, as Mayor Kazumi Matsui called on U.S. President Barack Obama and other world leaders to visit the city to see the scars of the atomic bombing first hand.

About 45,000 people stood for a minute of silence at the ceremony in Hiroshima's peace park near the epicenter of the 1945 attack that killed up to 140,000 people. A second bombing, over Nagasaki three days later, killed another 70,000, prompting Japan's surrender in World War II.

Matsui invited world leaders to Hiroshima, referring to a proposal made at a ministerial meeting in April of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative in Hiroshima, calling on them to visit Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

"President Obama and all leaders of nuclear-armed nations, please respond to that call by visiting the A-bombed cities as soon as possible to see what happened with your own eyes," Matsui said. "If you do, you will be convinced that nuclear weapons are an absolute evil that must no longer be allowed to exist."

The anniversary comes as Japan is divided over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's recent Cabinet decision to allow the country's military to defend foreign countries and play greater roles overseas. To achieve the goal, Abe's Cabinet revised its interpretation of the country's war-renouncing constitution, making it even more controversial.

Abe, among dignitaries attending the event, said that as the sole country to have suffered nuclear attacks, Japan has the duty to seek to eliminate nuclear weapons. But he did not mention his push for a more assertive defense posture.

Attendants this year included U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and representatives from 67 other countries, including Britain, France and Russia.

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ldchism August 05 2014 at 11:55 PM

Did they mention Pearl Harbor or any of the atrocities committed by the Japanese? Which is why the bomb had to be dropped. Caroline Kennedy should stay home and study some history.

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ffc1810 August 06 2014 at 12:33 AM

One very obvious, yet overlooked, detail is NEVER mentioned in these discussions about the bombing of Hiroshima: It required dropping TWO atomic bombs on Japan before they surrendered. Any sane country would have surrendered after the first was dropped. The Japanese government had 3 days to surrender before the second bomb fell and chose not to do so in that period. THIS clearly demonstrates just how insane the Japanese were at the time and the kind of crazed enemy the USA was up against.

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edmall August 06 2014 at 12:28 AM

They started it.
We finished it.

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stvhndyman edmall August 06 2014 at 2:43 AM

I wonder if the Japanese laughed and giggled at Hiroshima the way many of them do at the Arizona Memorial?

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keithj77441 stvhndyman August 06 2014 at 5:54 AM

omg if I saw that I would be forced to smack them down

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mcgrmc8 edmall August 06 2014 at 12:29 PM

well said!

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whdlsn August 06 2014 at 12:22 AM

How about the "Rape of Nanking" or the Manchurian debacle Japan visited on the Chinese civilians. How about the Korean "Comfort Women" the Imperial Japanese Army pressed into involuntary prostitution for the jap soldiers?

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dusty whdlsn August 06 2014 at 12:52 AM

How about the Bataan Death March and the beheading of prisoners! I find that pretty inhumane!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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jannjanf August 06 2014 at 12:51 AM

Japan should stop playing the victim. They attacked Pearl Harbor, partially because the U.S. imposed economic sanctions in an attempt to stop Japan's atrocities in China (see Rape of Nanking). Japan also brutalized the civilians of the Philippines, Indonesia, and don't forget the the Korean "Comfort Women". Then they used their kamikazies as POLICY and Strategy. Japan's command authority also issued orderrs to KILL every European Civilian prisoner (taken as Japan overran China/Indonesia/etc. if Japan was invaded. There is film of Japan training primary school children to attack American troops with sharpened spears when Japan was invaded. I will let the Bataan death march speak for itself. Japan practically demanded that the atom bomb be used. Remember that the 1st one didn't cause surrender. War is always hell but Japan did everything it could to make it worse for its people. Japan needs to be thankful that the U.S. didn't treat the Japanese as Japan treated others.

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Jay jannjanf August 06 2014 at 1:17 AM

A couple of facts for you......................1) We treat others better than they treat people because we are the good guys up utill Bill Clinton was in office. 2) Japan has never played the part of a victim and has always taken responsibility for what it did dring WW2 despite what the Chinese and Koreans say because they want more money from the Japanese.

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mark and sheri Jay August 06 2014 at 1:37 AM

Sorry, but it has taken decades for the Japanese to acknowledge forced comfort girls, the Rape of Nanking. There is a continual fight in Japan over the wording in their history books accepting responsibilities for the brutality they showed Non-Japanese. That is what people continue complaining about, not the money. It is all about what I consider the B.S. idea that "saving face is all important. And yes, I have spent time in Japan.

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Rob Jay August 06 2014 at 8:05 AM

I live in Japan and have a lot of respect for the Japanese, but you are really wrong. They still generally distort their WW II history. Visit the Yasukune Shrine and Museum and you will see some significant distorition of history. I do agree the Chinese and Koreans continue to milk the Japanese on the comfort woman issue and the past atrocities during the war, but the Japanese continue to misstep in public on many of these issues.

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Debra jannjanf August 06 2014 at 10:25 AM

I wish all the libtards and pacifists' would read some history books or speak with a veteran of this time of war...they might learn something useful! thank you for your post.

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Marven Gardens August 06 2014 at 12:54 AM

For the record, Imperial Japan did not only bomb Pearl Harbor and military installations: Hawaii's, namely Oahu's, *civilian* population was also shot at and killed. And there were many *civilian* casualties as a result of Imperial Japan's aggression in Hawaii. On Dec. 7, 1941 my paternal great-grandfather lost his life while extinguishing a fire at a school in Honolulu, caused by Imperial Japan's bombing. In June of 1942 my maternal grandfather succumbed to hepatitis after being constantly exposed to dead bodies in Pearl Harbor, dead bodies that he helped remove as an employee of Honolulu Dredging Co. for six months prior to his death. As a result, my maternal grandmother was left a widow with four small mouths to feed. There was no welfare at that time, and Honolulu endured almost three years of martial law; stiff food, clothing, and fuel rationing; blackouts; power outages; and an extension of The Great Depression. And has Japan *ever* compensated people like my relatives?

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Debra Marven Gardens August 06 2014 at 10:29 AM

I am so grateful for your family and their courage and service for our country. God Bless you. People need to educate themselves and understand history. All the young & idealistic idiots today elected a muslim and a hater of American values and history. thank you for your post.

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Brian Hope August 06 2014 at 12:24 AM

Any lengthy continuation of the war against Japan would have resulted in millions of Japanese either starving to death or being wasted in a Somalia-on-steroids type of situation. Moreover, Inner Mongolia, Manchuria, all of Korea, and the northern & western parts of Japan (incoluding a divided Tokyo) would have come under permanent Soviet control. Incidentally, a lot of Americans like myself would never have existed because they would have been part of the massive casualties in the two-phase Operation Downfall being planned.

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Brian Hope Brian Hope August 06 2014 at 12:25 AM

Correction: ". . . because their fathers would have been part . . ." My bad.

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Mary Ann August 06 2014 at 12:31 AM

What about Pear Harbor???? They attacked US FIRST.Here we go I am soo sorry for our past President for doing THEIR JOB PROTECTING THE USA.

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ajackh Mary Ann August 06 2014 at 12:26 PM

Maybe you should have studied your history better, the U.S invaded them first the U.S. forced their beliefes and trading on them in the late 1800 when Japan wanted to be left alone

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Luke Sacher August 06 2014 at 12:28 AM

Both Caroline and John John are and were as dumb as two bags of hammers- I knew John John in the 70s- he went to Collegiate and I went to Ethical Culture Fieldston, Class of 1978- my 8th Grade girlfriend was Marcy Tempelsman, Maurice's daughter. If you doubt it, look up my name.

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daveguin Luke Sacher August 06 2014 at 5:45 AM

Nobody doubts it, they just don't give a crap.

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Debra Luke Sacher August 06 2014 at 10:31 AM

It is the liberal agenda to destroy freedom and opportunity under the guise of fair and equal..rubbish. Thank you for telling the truth about the Kennedy's..they were and are murderers and frauds. Not a working bone in their bodies...silver spoon fed...

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gerards2171 August 06 2014 at 5:51 AM

Lesson learned never awaken a sleeping giant.

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