Atomic-bombed Hiroshima to host G7 foreign minister talks


TOKYO: Hiroshima will host Group of Seven foreign ministerial talks in May next year, Japan said Friday, paving the way for the first visit by a sitting US secretary of state to the atomic-bombed city. Japan has chosen the regional commercial hub, destroyed by the world’s first atomic bombing by American forces 70 years ago, as the location of the meeting, which brings together top diplomats from powerful nations, many of which possess nuclear arms. “We think it would be a good opportunity for them to visit the site (of the bombing) after the meeting, and see for themselves what happened,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga. The industrial city was flattened by the United States on August 6, 1945, when a nuclear weapon detonated there, killing some 140,000 people.



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