Atomic-bombed Hiroshima to host G-7 for­eign min­is­ter talks

The China Post - - LIFE -

Hiroshima will host Group of Seven for­eign min­is­te­rial talks next year, Ja­pan said Fri­day, paving the way for the first visit by a sit­ting U.S. sec­re­tary of state to the atomic-bombed city.

Ja­pan has cho­sen the re­gional com­mer­cial hub, de­stroyed by the world’s first atomic bomb­ing by Amer­i­can forces 70 years ago, as the lo­ca­tion of the meet­ing, which brings to­gether top diplo­mats from pow­er­ful na­tions, many of which pos­sess nu­clear arms.

“We think it would be a good op­por­tu­nity for them to visit the site (of the bomb­ing) af­ter the meet­ing, and see for them­selves what hap­pened,” said Chief Cab­i­net Sec­re­tary Yoshi­hide Suga.

Ja­pan, a mem­ber of the G-7, will host — United King­dom, Can- ada, France, Ger­many, Italy and the United States — at a se­cluded re­treat in Mie pre­fec­ture in May 2016.

In the weeks lead­ing up to the sum­mit, a num­ber of min­is­te­rial talks will take place in var­i­ous cities across Ja­pan, in­clud­ing the Hiroshima ses­sion for for­eign min­is­ters.

The in­dus­trial city was flat­tened by the United States on Au­gust 6, 1945, when a nu­clear weapon det­o­nated there, killing some 140,000 peo­ple.

The U. S. dropped another atomic bomb in Na­gasaki days later, killing 74,000 and deal­ing the fi­nal blow to Im­pe­rial Ja­pan, which an­nounced its sur­ren­der to the Al­lied Pow­ers on Aug. 15, 1945.

Both Hiroshima and Na­gasaki have fully re­cov­ered since then but the in­creas­ingly el­derly sur­vivors still speak of the men­tal trauma caused by the bomb­ing.

The site of the Hiroshima bomb­ing has been turned into a peace me­mo­rial, with a mu­seum vividly re­count­ing the hor­ror and de­struc­tion of the nu­clear at­tack.

The high­est sit­ting U.S. of­fi­cial ever to visit mod­ern Hiroshima is Nancy Pelosi who, in 2008 as a House speaker, par­tic­i­pated in a G-8 meet­ing of leg­isla­tive chiefs.

Ja­panese For­eign Min­is­ter Fumio Kishida, who is from Hiroshima, called his home city “a sym­bol of peace and hope.”

“We be­lieve it is a host city be­fit­ting as a lo­ca­tion to pro­nounce our hope for world peace, pros­per­ity and hope for the fu­ture,” Kishida said.

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