Atomic bomb survivors want Obama to meet, apologize in Hiroshima


TOKYO, Japan (AP) — A group representing Japanese survivors of U.S. atomic bombings ask President Barack Obama to hear their stories and apologize when he visits Hiroshima.

Two leaders of the Tokyo-based nationwide group say Thursday many survivors want an apology though they avoided an outright demand for one.

U.S. atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the World War II left killed more than 200,000 people and nearly destroyed the cities.

Obama will visit Hiroshima on May 27 after the Group of Seven summit in central Japan, becoming the first serving American president to do so.

Washington says he won’t apologize and a meeting with survivors is unlikely.

“He will not revisit the decision to use the atomic bomb at the end of World War II,” says Ben Rhodes, Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications.

That apparently prompted the survivors to remind him of their true feelings and expectations for his commitment to a nuclear-free world.

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