Hibakusha group says Obama Hiroshima speech ‘avoided responsibility’ via the Japan Times

[…]Obama, who became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city devastated by the U.S. atomic bombing in World War II, said at the beginning of his 17-minute speech, “Seventy-one years ago, on a bright cloudless morning, death fell from the sky and the world was changed.”

The resolution adopted at the end of the two-day annual general meeting in Tokyo said the speech included “some words that struck people’s hearts.”

But Terumi Tanaka, secretary-general of the group known as Nihon Hidankyo, said, “Death did not fall (from the sky). Death was created” by the atomic bombing. Tanaka was at the ceremony in Hiroshima in which Obama made the speech.

“That (part) is absolutely unacceptable for hibakusha,” he said at a news conference after the meeting.

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