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Atom bomb survivor hopes Japan debut of ‘Oppenheimer’ will stoke nuclear debate

Hiroshima, Japan Reuters Teruko Yahata was eight when she saw a blueish-white light envelop the sky over her home city of Hiroshima one summer morning, moments before the first atomic bomb explosion knocked her unconscious and levelled swathes of the Japanese city. Teruko Yahata, 86, a World War II Hiroshima atomic bombing survivor, speaks about […]

Pope Francis brings anti-nuclear message to Japan’s bombed cities

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Nagasaki, JapanReuters Pope Francis, a passionate anti-nuclear campaigner, brings his message that nuclear weapons should be abolished to Nagasaki and Hiroshima, the two Japanese cities devastated by atomic bombings in World War II and the only places in the world to so suffer. Francis, who arrived in Japan on Saturday night for a four-day visit, […]

Museum tells story of Japan’s hidden Christians

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World Watch Monitor A monument in Nagasaki for the 26 Catholics who were executed here for their faith in 1597. PICTURE: Thaths via Flickr; CC 2.0 A museum telling the story of Christian persecution in Japan has opened within the premises of Japan’s oldest standing church in Nagasaki. The facility, located in a former seminary and […]