Nuclear remark elicits an apology
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe apologized for the first time over his former defense minister who said the U.S. nuclear attacks on Japan “couldn’t be helped.”
Abe also promised survivors expanded medical support for those still suffering the effects of the 1945 atomic blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, officials and media reports said.
Hiroshima marks the anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack today.
In a speech in June, Fumio Kyuma had said that the attacks prevented approaching Soviet forces from seizing territory.