Hiroshima, Nagasaki Visits by Foreign Dignitaries on Rise (News)


Tokyo, Nov. 6 (Jiji Press)—The cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were devastated by US atomic bombings in 1945, are receiving successive visits by foreign dignitaries.

Four high-ranking officials have visited or plan to travel to either of the two cities this month, including Valentina Matviyenko, chair of the Federation Council, the upper chamber of Russia's parliament, and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The trips may have been inspired by US President Barack Obama's historic visit to Hiroshima in May. Obama became the first sitting US president to set foot in an atom-bombed city.

During her visit to Nagasaki, southwestern Japan, on Thursday, Matviyenko toured the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and laid flowers at the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims.

She told reporters that she fully supports campaigns to make Nagasaki the last place to suffer a nuclear attack.

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