U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy has visited the Japanese city of Nagasaki, where 70,000 Japanese were killed by an American atomic bomb attack in 1945.
Kennedy laid a wreath at the park commemorating the attack, which shocked the world and helped prompt Japan’s surrender in World War II.
The daughter of U.S. President John F. Kennedy toured Nagasaki’s Atomic Bomb Museum on Tuesday and met with some atomic bomb survivors.
U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy offers a flower wreath at the Peace Park in Nagasaki, western Japan. The park commemorates the 73,000 people who died in the U.S. atomic bomb attack on the city
Kennedy was greeted warmly by residents of the western port city. Nagasaki has become a hub for international trade in the country
At the city’s Peace Park she was to help plant an American dogwood tree, one of 3,000 offered as a gift of friendship to Japan.
In 1978, Caroline Kennedy visited Hiroshima, site of the first U.S. bomb attack, on Aug. 6, 1945, with her uncle, Senator Edward Kennedy – long before President Barack Obama tapped her to become U.S. ambassador in Tokyo. The Hiroshima attack killed 140,000 people.
Kennedy is wrapping up a busy first month on the job that also took her to an American military base and northeastern cities devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Kennedy, seen speaking at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, has been Ambassador to Japan since November
The residents of Nagasaki built the Peace Park as a way to remember the victims of the bombing and heal the wounds that the attack caused
The atomic bomb Fat Man wiped out the entire north of Nagasaki – the second U.S. nuclear bombing of Japan. An estimated 73,000 people died – more than a quarter of the city’s 263,000 inhabitants at the time. Some 75,000 people were injured and hundreds of thousands were sickened by radiation, according to statistics at the Peace Park.
Today, Nagasaki is a port city of 450,000 people with an economy that is heavily based on international trade and fishing.
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