Japan: United States President Barack Obama will be visiting Hiroshima today. He will be the first US President to visit Hiroshima, world’s first atomic bombing site. Obama will lay a wreath at a peace memorial.
The President’s visit to Hiroshima is expected to tighten the ties between the former enemies. Obama will be accompanied by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Obama will visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on May 27 to highlight “his continued commitment to pursuing the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons,” the White House said.
The bomb dropped on Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 killed thousands instantly and about 140,000 by the end of the year. Nagasaki was hit on 9 August and Japan surrendered six days later.
A majority of Americans reportedly see the bombings as having been necessary to end the war and save US and Japanese lives, although many historians question that view and most Japanese on the other hand, believe the bombings were unjustified.