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I realize the tragic significance of the atomic bomb... It is an awful responsibility which has come to us... We thank God that it has come to us, instead of to our enemies; and we pray that He may guide us to use it in His ways and for His purposes.—President Harry S. Truman, August 9, 1945  Radio Report to the American People on the Potsdam Conference by President Harry S. Truman, Delivered from the White House at 10 p.m, August 9, 1945.The survivors of the bombings are called hibakusha (被爆者?), a Japanese word that literally translates to "explosion-affected people." As of March 31, 2010, 227,565 surviving hibakusha were recognized by the Japanese government, most living in Japan. The government of Japan recognizes about 1% of these as having illnesses caused by radiation The memorials in Hiroshima and Nagasaki contain lists of the names of the hibakusha who are known to have died since the bombings. Updated annually on the anniversaries of the bombings, as of August 2010, the memorials record the names of more than 420,000 deceased hibakusha; 269,446 in Hiroshima[105] and 152,276 in Nagasaki.

The atomic bomb was more than a weapon of terrible destruction; it was a psychological weapon.
Unitedwith the people of Japan and  with the entire world, we  recall, relive the tragic historic moment and raise our hearts in earnest prayer. As we escalate in advancements may  we  ever remember the  priceless value  of life given freely to  us. Japan  has beautifully emerged with beauty and pride and is a model for nations. Even the recent natural calamity cum man made one is a lesson for all equally.
Lord, may all of us learn from the past and live our present responsibly and our future worthily as noble citizens.

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