Korean Survivors of Atomic Bombs Renew Fight for Recognition, and Apology

May 25, 2016 6:34 AM

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Korean Survivors of Atomic Bombs Renew Fight for Recognition, and Apology

Many survivors also echo general unease in South Korea that Mr. Obama’s visit to Hiroshima will reinforce Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to present Japan as a victim in World War II, obscuring its role as the aggressor that started the Pacific conflict and committed atrocities across Asia, including in South Korea, which it ruled as a colony.

“I doubt that any of Japan’s neighbors welcome Obama’s visit,” said Gong In-bae, a Red Cross official at the nursing home, the only one of its kind in South Korea. “If Japan likes to say that people killed by the atomic bombs were civilians, how about all those civilians it itself had killed in Nanj...

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