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Japan doesn't want the U.S. to apologize for bombing Hiroshima. Here's why

Japan doesn't want the U.S. to apologize for bombing Hiroshima. Here's why

For years, the question has lingered: Should the U.S. apologize for dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima?

The opportunity could present itself if President Obama visits the city while attending the G7 Summit in Japan next month. No sitting U.S. president has visited the city since it was largely destroyed in an atomic blast during World War II.

Secretary of State John Kerry may have foreshadowed what’s to come when he visited Hiroshima this month and called the experience “gut-wrenching.” Yet he stopped short of offering an apology to his hosts.

Apologizing for a wartime act generations ago would be as welcome to Japanese political leaders as a cloud...

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