The Hiroshima and Nagasaki mayors have made public their desire for United States President Barack Obama to visit their cities, which were both hit by atomic bombs by the U.S. in the Second World War. In a meeting with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, Mayors Kazumi Matsui of Hiroshima and Tomihisa Taue of Nagasaki informed her that they hope Obama will come to their cities for the anniversary of the bombings.
This request comes in light of Obama’s call for a nuclear-free world, which he declared in a speech in Prague, April of 2009 and a promise from the president to visit the two cities in the future during his visit to the country in November 2009. Both mayors also asked Kennedy to visit Hiroshima, since she was already able to visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and talk with some atomic bomb survivors from the city.
Kennedy told Matsui and Taue to send a letter of invitation to President Obama directly, inviting him to spend time in their cities. While the President is very keen on honoring his word, time and schedule constraints may be an issue with all the commitments he has to attend. She also said that she is considering to attend the memorial ceremonies for the two cities, scheduled on the August anniversary of the bombings.
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