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Hiroshima, Nagasaki Mayors Ask Obama to Visit A-Bomb Sites

Nov 14, 2012

The mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki met with U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos on Wednesday to congratulate U.S. President Barack Obama on his reelection and submit a request for Obama to visit the atomic-bombed western Japan cities.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue met Roos at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo. In the written request, they expressed hopes that the president will listen in person to the stories of atomic bomb survivors and face the reality of the bomb, which was dropped for the first time in history by the United States on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945, and on Nagasaki on Aug. 9 the same year.

They also asked for the president to convey a message from the atomic bomb sites to the world of an unwavering commitment to a world without nuclear weapons.

Roos assured them that he will deliver their feelings to Obama.

After submitting the request, Matsui told reporters that the atmosphere at the meeting was positive and that Roos is believed to have understood their thoughts.

Taue said he thinks Obama will surely come to the cities.

In a speech delivered in Prague in April 2009, Obama declared the aim of realizing a world without nuclear weapons.

In November 2009, during his first visit to Japan, he voiced a strong desire to visit both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, saying that it would be an honor to visit the atomic bomb sites in the future.

Source: (C) 2012 Jiji Press English News Service. via ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved

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