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US Official Attended Nagasaki Memorial for the First Time

9 Aug 2011

James Zumwalt, deputy chief of the US embassy in Tokyo became the first US official to attend the annual atomic attack memorial ceremony at Nagasaki as he offered a wreath of flowers to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan.

The Hiroshima ceremony of 2010 saw the first time a US official attended an atomic attack memorial.

For more information:
NPR: U.S. Official Is First To Attend Nagasaki Ceremony Marking Nuclear Strike
WW2DB: Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

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1. Anonymous says:
21 Dec 2011 02:34:34 AM

He should not have done it. Hopefully he didn't start a precident of U.S. officials attending such affairs. At least not until ALL WWII Pacific Theatre veterans have past away. The Japanese are STILL guilty of the worst kind of atrosities imaginable against those they conquered or captured. If you want to feel sorry for the civilians killed by the A-bomb, you should first feel sorry for the innocent Chinese women and children that were tortured and killed by the Japanese army by the tens of thousands. Obviously, I'm not ready to forgive quite yet.

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