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U.N. chief going to Hiroshima for 77th anniversary of A-bomb

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all these elite types are certainly going to town on the luxury jetsetting jaunts this year.... making up for all those missed jollies during the Covid era I suppose.

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U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the secretary-general will travel to Japan on Thursday and take part in the annual ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial on Saturday.

“The ceremony aims to console the souls of those lost to the atomic bombing, as well as pray for the realization of lasting world peace,” Dujarric said. “The secretary-general will honor the victims of the bombings, commemorate all victims of WWII, and reiterate his call on world leaders to urgently eliminate stockpiles of nuclear weapons.”

During his visit, Guterres will also meet with senior Japanese officials and surviving victims of the bombings and participate in a dialogue with young activists “leading initiatives on nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation and other global issues,” Dujarric said.

A genuine man with good intentions; Hiroshima will welcome you, Mr. Secretary-General.

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The United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima

No, the US first had detonated an atom bomb in a test in New Mexico.

ending World War II and Japan’s nearly half-century of aggression in Asia

Stay focused.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the secretary-general will travel to Japan on Thursday and take part in the annual ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial on Saturday.

Hope I'm on the same flight as him.

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Hiroshima was the first dropping of an atomic bomb by the US, on a city of 350,000 residents instantly killing 140,000 and more over the years from radiation and burns.

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“The United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima”

No, the US first had detonated an atom bomb in a test in New Mexico.

Detonating a bomb and testing it is not the same as dropping it with the intention to kill hundreds of thousands of people. So yes, that morning, the world witnessed the first dropping of an atomic bomb.

Pass me the world’s smallest violin.

Tell me; what if your family members were among the victims; would you want that same violin?

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rcchToday  08:17 pm JST

Detonating a bomb and testing it is not the same as dropping it with the intention to kill hundredsof thousands of people. So yes, that morning, the world witnessed the first dropping of an atomic bomb.

Not according to the article, which says nothing of "intention":

The United States dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945

RedstormToday  07:52 pm JST

Hiroshima was the first dropping of an atomic bomb by the US, on a city of 350,000 residents instantly killing 140,000 and more over the years from radiation and burns.

The 140,000 number is disputed; but whatever the number, it does take into account the approximately 25% Koreans who were forced to work in Japanese factories.

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A very close friend is a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bombing as a young child. He survived unharmed but the experience has stayed with him all his life and campaigns for a world free of atomic bombs.

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RedstormToday  09:14 pm JST

A very close friend is a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bombing as a young child. He survived unharmed but the experience has stayed with him all his life and campaigns for a world free of atomic bombs.

This article is about Hiroshima, not Nagasaki:

U.N. chief going to Hiroshima for 77th anniversary of A-bomb

Regardless, your close friend is missing the point--he should be campaigning against war, or the countries that start wars, not the weapons used in it. I haven't heard about people campaigning against bullets, bayonets, grenades, etc.

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Why didn't Mr.Guterres ask the Japanese government to put a signature on the paper of NPT? These annual ceremony was hypocritic!

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I am waiting for Japan Today to remove some of the comments that are OFF TOPIC. Be equal with everybody, that would be honest.

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