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At a time of intensifying focus on Japan's reluctance to face up to its militaristic past, the exhibition provides a different perspective on the end of the conflict – one in which Japanese were the victims.The precise death tolls from the bombings are unknown, but it is believed about 200,000 people were killed.That year, Peter Kuznick, director of the university's Nuclear Studies Institute, responded to the controversy by staging an exhibition of artifacts the Smithsonian wouldn't.The exhibition shows not only Japanese suffering.Jan Thompson, president of the American Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor Memorial Society, which advocates for American former prisoners of war of the Japanese, said atomic bombs were a tragedy that no one should celebrate. She said she has not seen the exhibition yet but was concerned it would promote the view that that use of the bombs was not justified.Kuznick said he's faced no opposition so far to this year's exhibition. The opening will be attended by two Japanese survivors of the bombings.
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