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Presidential visit would make Hiroshima a symbol of nuclear disarmament

In his regular column in the Friday morning edition, Mainichi’s visiting senior writer Nishikawa called for a visit to Hiroshima by President Obama so as to make the city a symbol of the global commitment to abolishing nuclear weapons and ending nuclear proliferation. Claiming that many world leaders now visit Auschwitz in Germany as a site representing “ethnic reconciliation” and “tolerance of different religions,” the writer argued that a trip to nuclear ground zero by the U.S. leader would prompt his British and French counterparts to do the same. The author said such a development might also force the Chinese and Russia leaders to go there since they would not want to be seen as unenthusiastic about nuclear arms reduction. 

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