Japanese atom bomb victims hail Obama Nobel prize
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Last Updated: Friday, October 09, 2009, 22:19
  
Tokyo: Japanese victims of US atomic bombings in the Second World War on Friday welcomed US President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize award and applauded his efforts on the international stage.

"It was good, it was wonderful," said Sunao Tsuboi of the award, one of the three leaders of Nihon Hidankyo, a national group for survivors of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the World War II.

"Instead of thinking of him as Obama of America, I am pleased by the fact that he has taken actions with profound consideration for all people," the 84-year-old told local reporters in Hiroshima.

However, the selection of an American president was bittersweet for some bombing survivors and Japanese citizens.

"The United States is the country that dropped the bombs, and it feels strange for us, the atomic bomb survivors, to celebrate this," 80 year-old Yoshitoshi Fukahori of Nagasaki told Jiji Press.

"Our wish for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons has seen disappointments time and time again. But now with (Obama's prize), I have come to think that I will believe in him again," he said.

No US president has ever visited the cities, despite years of invitations, with the majority of the US public approving the decision to drop atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Bureau Report


First Published: Friday, October 09, 2009, 22:19


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