Former Peace Memorial Museum director writes third letter calling for Obama to visit Hiroshima

by Uzaemonnaotsuka Tokai, Staff Writer

Akihiro Takahashi, 77, a former director of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, is planning to send a third letter to U.S. President Barack Obama urging him to visit Hiroshima.

Mr. Takahashi sent similar letters in January and April to Mr. Obama but has received no response thus far. In his third letter, he will express his support for the nuclear warhead reduction agreement between the U.S. and Russia which was concluded in July. Also, for the first time, his A-bomb experience--suffering burns all over his body and a disabled right arm--will be described to the president. The message that Mr. Takahashi hopes to convey is that he hated the U.S. before but he has come to understand that we can achieve peace only by overcoming hatred.

(Originally published on July 24, 2009)

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