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A-bomb survivor regrets his initial appreciation of President Obama’s Hiroshima speech

Mainichi ran a story on a hibakusha named Terumi Tanaka who took part in the ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on May 27 in which President Obama delivered a historic speech on atomic bombing and his pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons. Tanaka at the time voiced his appreciation for the remarks by saying that he was particularly impressed when the President said: “That is a future we can choose, a future in which Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not known as the dawn of atomic warfare, but as the start of our own moral awakening.”


However, he now reportedly regrets his initial assessment because he found out later that the President’s speech started with the sentence: “Death fell from the sky and the world was changed.” Tanaka explained that he missed this line at the time as he was extremely excited to see the President pay homage in Hiroshima. He underscored that this phrase is unacceptable because “death was created,” insisting that the U.S. should strive to eliminate nuclear weapons as evidence of its apology for the atomic bombing.

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