Tuesday, 27th October 2009
In Events In Japan,
President Obama could become the first sitting US ruler to visit the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which were both hit by atomic bombs during the Second World War.
According to the Associated Press "hopes are growing" in the country on the back of Obama recently being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Hiroshima newspaper the Chugoku pointed out that a number of past winners have visited the two cities and urged the president to "go and see the place himself and renew his commitment to a nuclear-free world".
The president is due to visit Japan on November 12th and 13th.
However, the Japan Times claimed that due to clashes in the leader's schedule and "public sentiment" in the US, the president will not visit either city.
The presidents of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki have made requests to other nuclear-armed nations, including the UK and France, to visit the cities.
Written by Kimberley Homer.
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