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“71 years after WWII – Message of origami cranes”

TBS aired a special a 90-minute program on Saturday on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, highlighting President Obama’s visit to the city on May 27. Introducing the episode of Sadako Sasaki, a hibakusha who is remembered for the origami cranes she folded before she died at the age of 12, the program reported on how Sadako’s prayers for peace have inspired people around the world, including the U.S. In an interview with the network, NSC Senior Director for Asian Affairs Kritenbrink said that the President, who was impressed with Sadako’s peace message, folded the origami cranes he presented to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum on Air Force One on his way to Hiroshima. The network also reported that the nephew of Sadako visited Ambassador Kennedy at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo in July to ask her to give one of Sadako’s paper cranes to the President. 

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