US ambassador in Japan visits Nagasaki atomic bomb site

US ambassador in Japan visits Nagasaki atomic bomb site

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Caroline Kennedy, the US Ambassador in Japan made a visit to Nagasaki on December 10, 2013 in order to pay tribute to people who were killed when the second atomic bomb was dropped on Japan by the United States.

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Kennedy said, “I am deeply moved by my visit here”. The ambassador is the only surviving child of the late President of the United States, John F Kennedy, who was assassinated in Dallas 50 years ago. She went on to say that President Kennedy was very proud of the fact that he was able to begin the process of nuclear disarmament and that the entire family shares that commitment.

The US ambassador also said that President Obama has been very involved in work regarding the issue. The blast killed more than 70,000 people on the spot, or from the after-effects in the months and years after the bombing which happened on August 9, 1945 in Nagasaki. The first-ever atomic bomb blast happened in Hiroshima three days prior to Nagasaki and claimed about 140,000 lives.

Kennedy was escorted by aging survivors of the bombing and the Mayor of Nagasaki, Tomihisa Taue. The ambassador laid a white flower wreath in front of the symbolic Peace Statue. John Roos, the predecessor of Kennedy, was the first US ambassador to attend the peace ceremonies on the anniversaries of the bombings.

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