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Hiroshima with a difference

HIROSHIMA (SE): As the president of the United States of America (US), Donald Trump, and his countepart from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Kim Jong-un, talked big bang theories, the sombre tone of the Peace Bell and the hush of the minute’s silence at the epicentre in the Peace Park in Hiroshima at 8.15am on August 6, exactly 72 years after the first atomic bomb exploded over the city, took on a greater significance.
 

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The voice of survivors

IN THEIR PEACE Declarations at the commemoration of the anniversaries of the only two cities in the world to have been victim of an atomic explosion, the mayors of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki focussed on the July 7 vote in the United Nations (UN) when 122 nations put up their hands in favour of an across the board ban on nuclear weaponry and called for pressure to be put on all nuclear powers to dismantle their stockpiles.
 








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Governor invites pope to Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA (UCAN): The governor of Hiroshima, Hidehiko Yuzaki, has asked Pope Francis to visit the atomic-bombed city and send a message of peace to the world.
 
Yuzaki made the call during the pope’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square. Kyodo News reported that he also met with the Vatican secretary of state, Pietro Cardinal Parolin, to relay his hope for a visit to Hiroshima by the pope.
 

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Japan invites the pope to pray at Hiroshima

HIROSHIMA (SE): “One of the things that I have learned since I arrived here in Japan and during my visit to Hiroshima is that Japan has a very particular and understandable take on the whole nuclear question,” Archbishop Paul Gallagher, the secretary for Relations with States for the Vatican, told a press conference in Hiroshima on February 2.

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Ten days for peace

HIROSHIMA (SE): For the 35th year in a row the Church in Japan is marking its Ten Days for Peace observance from August 6 to 15, a period that embraces the anniversaries of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and culminates on the day the Japanese Imperial Forces surrendered to the United States of America (US).

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Obama encouraged to talk to atomic bomb survivors in Hiroshima

NIIGATA (AsiaNews): “I welcome the visit of the president of the United States of America (US) to the site of the nuclear bomb in Hiroshima,” Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi, from Niigata in Japan, said as he extended a hand of friendship to the first sitting president to visit arguably one of the two most significant peace memorials in the world.

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