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Yumiuri: We Won’t Forget Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

Yumiuri: We Won’t Forget Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bombings
Yumiuri: We Won’t Forget Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bombings

After 70 years, journalists in Japan are still unwavering in their reporting of the US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Stating the above Monday at a press conference on the sidelines of the 21st International Press Exhibition, Yumiuri Shimbun’s reporter Kenji Nakanishi said, “As a developed nation, the people of Japan have learned to maintain good relations with the international community. They have also learned to let go of the past and move forward. However, that doesn’t mean they also have to forget about the US atomic bombings of their country during the Second World War.”

The United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, during the final stage of the Second World War. The two bombings, which killed at least 129,000 people, remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history.

Nakanishi said he is an impartial journalist but still feels obliged to write about and report on those tragic events, as this is what other Japanese reporters also do. The Tehran-based reporter, who was speaking to reporters and visitors on the premises of the Foreign Media Department, also talked about the digital media revolution and how the “Digital Tsunami” is negatively affecting business for the print industry, including his newspaper.

Founded in 1874, the Yomiuri Shimbun is published in Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka. It is part of the Yomiuri Group, Japan's largest media conglomerate. With a daily circulation of 10 million, it is also one of the five national newspapers in Japan.

Nov 9, 2015 16:32
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