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Tajikistan receives peace stone from Hiroshima

A Hiroshima-based civic group on Saturday presented Tajikistan with a stone from the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese city engraved with an image of a Buddhist goddess of mercy. Deputy Prime Minister Marhabo Jabbori and some 200 other senior officials and guests attended a presentation ceremony at Tajikistan National Museum. Japanese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Takayuki Koike, who concurrently serves as Japanese ambassador to Tajikistan, was also present at the ceremony.

1-megaton H-bomb would kill 370,000 instantly: Japanese research

An estimated 370,000 people would die instantly if a one-megaton hydrogen bomb were dropped on a city with one million residents, according to a report compiled by a Japanese research group. The report was distributed Saturday at a meeting in Hiroshima of foreign ministers from 12 non-nuclear weapons states belonging to the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative. The NPDI consists of Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

S. Korean A-bomb survivors appeal court ruling on medical coverage

Three South Korean atomic bomb survivors on Monday appealed a district court decision rejecting their claim for full coverage under Japan's Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Law of medical care provided outside Japan. The Nagasaki District Court ruled last month that survivors are required to receive treatment at government-designated facilities in Japan to receive reimbursement for medical expenses, and the scheme does not cover expenses incurred outside Japan.

Son of A-bomb survivor ends stint as S. Korean consul in Hiroshima

The South Korean consul general in Hiroshima -- a second-generation "hibakusha" survivor of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese city -- ended his stint on Wednesday. At the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima the same day, the 60-year-old diplomat, Sin Hyong Gun, offered his prayers in front of the Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims and the monument memorializing the Korean victims of the atomic bombing.

Somali president pays visit to Hiroshima memorial park

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud on Saturday paid a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park dedicated to the victims of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the western Japan city. After meeting with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, Mohamud laid flowers at the memorial for victims of the attack and toured the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. According to Hiroshima city officials, it is the first visit by a Somali president to the city.

Nobel-winning ex-Polish leader to visit Hiroshima next week

Former Polish President Lech Walesa, who won the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the country's pro-democracy movement as the Solidarity union leader, will visit Hiroshima next week, the municipal government said Friday. Besides laying flowers at the memorial for victims of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing, Walesa, 70, is expected to meet with Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and Gov. Hidehiko Yuzaki during his three-day visit from Tuesday.

Marshall Islands leader finds similarities on visit to Hiroshima

Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak visited the Hiroshima peace museum on Saturday and spoke of similarities between his country and the Japanese city that suffered U.S. atomic bombing in 1945. Loeak, who met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo on Friday, visited Hiroshima ahead of the 60th anniversary of the U.S. hydrogen bomb test March 1, 1954, on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Peace stone from Hiroshima presented to E. Timor

A Hiroshima-based civic group on Friday presented East Timor with a stone from the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing of the Japanese city, engraved with an image of the Buddhist goddess of mercy. Representing a country that achieved independence in 2002 after many years of colonial rule and internal strife, East Timorese President Taur Matan Ruak received the Stone for Peace from Yoji Okamoto, secretary general of the Stone for Peace Association of Hiroshima.

Atom bomb victims call for end to nuclear arms at Mexico conference

Victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki called on the international community to increase its efforts toward abolishing nuclear weapons at a conference that started Thursday. Toshiki Fujimori, assistant secretary general of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations, said many atomic bombing victims, known as hibakusha in Japanese, have suffered from leukemia and other illness for many years.

Dutchman to be granted A-bomb survivor health-care certificate

The Nagasaki municipal government will provide a 93-year-old Dutchman with a health-care certificate issued to survivors of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombing, city officials said Tuesday. Willy Buchel, who was captured by Japanese troops on Java Island in Southeast Asia and taken to a prison camp in Nagasaki in April 1943, was exposed to the Aug. 9, 1945 bombing of the city while he was removing rubble from U.S. air raids, according to a civic support group.
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