What Obama Will See When He Goes to Hiroshima – Politico


Today, the White House announced that later this month, Barack Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit Hiroshima, Japan. Coming nearly 71 years after U.S. forces detonated an atomic bomb over the city in the closing weeks of World War II, Obama’s trip is part of an ambitious final-year international agenda for the president. The White House has debated a visit to the rebuilt, bustling Japanese city for months, as the president has struggled to balance his aspirations for a nuclear-free world with ambivalence about apologizing for America’s use of the bomb, which is estimated to have killed more than 100,000 Japanese civilians. Here’s some of what OIbama will likely see when he visits the historic city.

Above, the Atomic Bomb Dome, a ruin that survived the blast, in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The memorial is a somber backdrop for a business district that hums during the day.

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