Japanese atom bomb victims hail Obama Nobel prize

Last Updated: Friday, October 9, 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 9, 2009 - 22:19
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