Obama’s Hiroshima visit: Act of healing the pain


The U.S. President Barack Obama will be marked in history as the first acting U.S. President who has visited Hiroshima, the first city that was destroyed by an atom bomb more seven decades ago.
Through the visit, President Obama want to send a strong message of the world without nuclear bombs.
This historic step of the head of White House of the U.S. had been welcomed and highly appreciated by Japanese public. During the visit, President Obama hadn’t apologized for the U.S.’s atomic bombing to two cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in the late of the World War II, he just focused on the lost of war and gave “vision” for the next generations of both countries.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that the Obama visit to Hishorima, witnessing the reality of atomic bombings and renewing his determination for a world free of nuclear weapons “this gives great hope to people all around the world who have never given up their hope for a world without nuclear weapons.”
PM Abe said that he didn’t expect President Obama to offer the apology for the bombing and the most important thing was the way that President shared with the victims and people who were still suffering unbearably from the bombings.
This historic visit had been awaited not only by the people of Hiroshima, but also by all the Japanese people. According to a research of NHK, 70% people, who were asked in the research, wanted President Obama to visit Hiroshima. Despite the fact that no apology was given, the decision of the head of the US to visit the city had been a positive step to Hiroshima citizen.
“We don’t ask him to apologize. All that we want is to see him offer flowers and show respect at the Peace Park. That will be the first step to the objective of the world without atomic bombs” a 91-year old man - the victim of the bombing said.
While Mr. Terumi Tanaka who has survived after the atomic bombing in Nagasaki said: “The most important thing in the visit of President Obama is to show sympathy with Japanese people. He don’t need to apologize if he really feel sorry and understand what he must do to free the world of nuclear weapons.”
Hiroshima and Nagasaki are stinging names in the relationship between the US and Japan. 71 years ago, on August 6 1945, US Army dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killed 140.000 people. Three days later, the US continued to drop the second bomb on Nagasaki, killed 70.000 people.
The drop of the two bombs has scarred in souls and fleshes for many Japanese generations. Two incidents have been highly controversial topics in the US so far.
71 years has passed and 11 US Presidents has been elected, but no incumbent president has ever arrived this city. Therefore, what President want to emphasize in this visit was the historical scar couldn’t prevent the US and Japan from building a firm alliance and the visit to Memorial Peace Park (nearby the place where the bomb dropped) is an evidence for the commitment of Washington to pursue a world free of nuclear weapons. 
According to an official of Japan Ministry of Foreign Affair, the important of the Hiroshima visit of President Obama is: the US, the only country that used nuclear weapons and Japan, the only country that suffered nuclear weapons together show determination of complete disarmament of nuclear weapons.
The presence of the host of the White House in Hiroshima is symbolic step that has been long awaited by many Japanese. The visit is the gesture to show respect to Japanese and more important to contribute to strengthen the alliance between the US and Japan. This historic step also reminded not only the US and Japan but also the whole world of trying to eliminate nuclear weapons and ending the pain that war caused to the innocent people. /.
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Pack Cassiopian 16/6/16 22:57

The US is trying to fix its mistakes that have caused a lot of pains for other countries in wars and now

yobro yobro 16/6/16 22:59

Initially, the idea of the visit was dropped due to concerns that it could risk opening old wounds rather than healing them,

Love Peace 16/6/16 23:01

The biggest obstacle was U.S. public opinion

Jane smartnic 16/6/16 23:03

Technological progress without an equivalent progress in human institutions can doom us

Deck Hero14 16/6/16 23:07

“We are determined to realize a world free of nuclear weapons,” Mr. Obama said.

LawrenceSamuels 16/6/16 23:08

Still, gaps remain between Japanese and Americans on their understanding of history.

MaskOf Zero 16/6/16 23:11

a world without conflict is a vision we should all share

Gentle Moon 16/6/16 23:13

the world should be free of nuclear weapons or other mass destructive weapons.

Only Solidar 16/6/16 23:17

When Obama laid flowers at the cenotaph for atomic bomb victims at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, he bowed his head only slightly, apparently to avoid his gesture being taken by the U.S. public as one of apology.

John Smith 16/6/16 23:20

People should live in peace and harmony rather than die by atomic bombings or be killed in wars.

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