Japanese welcome Obama's upcoming Hiroshima visit


May 11, 2016 8:45AM (UTC)

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese are welcoming U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to visit the atomic-bombed city of Hiroshima.

They expressed happiness Wednesday that he will come later this month after attending a Group of Seven summit in Japan. Those interviewed said they weren't seeking an apology.

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Obama will become the first sitting American president to visit Hiroshima, a city almost entirely destroyed by a U.S. atomic bomb in the final days of World War II. Some 140,000 people were killed, and others have endured after-effects to this day.

An elderly woman who prayed in Tokyo Wednesday morning for the victims said she is "overcome with emotion when I think that someone who wants to offer understanding is finally about to arrive."


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