This file picture taken on February 7, 2010 shows the Atomic Bomb Dome at the Peace Memoral Park in Hiroshima. / AFP / KAZUHIRO NOGI
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Next week, Secretary of State John Kerry will become the highest-ranking American government official to visit Hiroshima, where 140,000 Japanese died from the first of two atomic bombs dropped by his country in the closing days of World War II more than 70 years ago.Expectations are now running high among Japanese for President Barack Obama, a Nobel peace laureate who has proposed a nuclear-free world, to follow suit during the G-7 leaders' summit in May, to be held in the coastal city of Shima in central Japan.For many years, senior U.S. government officials avoided going to Hiroshima because of political sensitivities.Japanese atomic bomb survivors' groups, meanwhile, have campaigned for decades to bring top officials from the U.S. and other nuclear weapon states to see Hiroshima's scars as part of a grassroots movement to abolish nuclear weapons. It took 65 years for a U.S. ambassador to attend Hiroshima's annual memorial service, and six more years to win Kerry's visit.The White House declined to comment on whether Obama planned to visit Hiroshima during the May summit.
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