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Japan apologizes for its role during war

With a blinding flash and a sky-high fireball, the world's first atomic bomb exploded over the Japanese city of Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945. The American bomb killed about 70,000 Japanese instantly, and an equal number would soon die of radiation poisoning. The weapon saved American soldiers' lives and ended the Second World War, but it ushered in a new era of nuclear arms. CBC Archives looks at the atomic bomb, its impact on Hiroshima and its legacy.

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Despite an apology by the Japanese prime minister, historians say Japan is not confronting its war history.
Medium: Radio
Program: The World At Six
Broadcast Date: Aug. 15, 1995
Guests: Hiroshi Harada, Ronald Takaki
Reporter: Peter Hadfield
Duration: 3:10

Last updated: July 22, 2013

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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