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John Kerry Makes Historic Visit To Hiroshima

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meetings in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016.
Kerry said on April 11 he was "deeply moved" by his visit earlier in the day to the Hiroshima atomic bomb memorial in the Japanese city.
  / AFP / POOL / JONATHAN ERNST        (JONATHAN ERNST/AFP/Getty Images)
US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a press conference at the conclusion of the G7 Foreign Ministers' Meetings in Hiroshima on April 11, 2016. Kerry said on April 11 he was "deeply moved" by his visit earlier in the day to the Hiroshima atomic bomb memorial in the Japanese city. / AFP / POOL / JONATHAN ERNST (JONATHAN ERNST/AFP/Getty Images)

Secretary of State John Kerry placed a wreath at the Hiroshima memorial on Monday. He described the experience as gut-wrenching.

Kerry is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Hiroshima, where 140,000 people died when the U.S. dropped an atomic bomb in August 1945. That, plus the bomb a few days later at Nagasaki, led to the Japanese surrender and the end of World War II.

Here & Now host Peter O’Dowd spoke with Shihoko Goto from the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Asia Program, about the significance of Kerry’s visit, which Goto says has been welcomed by Japanese media.

“There are of course those Japanese who say that Kerry should have apologized for the United States bombing Japan, but by and large, the public perception is that Kerry set the right tone,” she said.

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