Obama To Become First Sitting President To Visit Hiroshima
President Obama will conclude his week-long Asian trip on Friday with a visit to Hiroshima, Japan. He'll be the first sitting U.S. President to visit the city that was hit by a nuclear bomb 71 years ago. Obama says he plans to honor all those who were lost in World War 2, and reaffirm a shared vision of a world without nuclear weapons.
Over 140.000 people died in Hiroshima after the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb there on August 6th, 1945. A second bomb was dropped three days later on Nagasaki. The Japanese officially surrendered six days after that.
The White House stresses that President Obama will NOT apologize for the bombing, or do any second guessing of President Truman's decision to use nuclear weapons.