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Obama's paper cranes given to Nagasaki for A-bomb museum exhibition

A pair of paper cranes made by U.S. President Barack Obama for Nagasaki is seen alongside his letters. (Photo courtesy of the Nagasaki Municipal Government)

NAGASAKI (Kyodo) -- A pair of paper cranes made by U.S. President Barack Obama was given to Nagasaki on Friday for exhibition at the atomic-bomb museum there, the city office said.

    U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy presented the paper cranes to Tomihisa Taue, the mayor of the second Japanese city devastated by a U.S. atomic bomb during the final days of World War II, in a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

    Obama left four paper cranes, viewed as a symbol of peace in Japan, at the atomic-bomb museum in Hiroshima when he visited the city as the first sitting U.S. leader in May last year.

    The Nagasaki city office said the Atomic Bomb Museum will exhibit the two paper cranes -- one is red and the other is pink -- from Saturday through the end of March.

    Obama asked Kennedy to relay the two paper cranes to Nagasaki when they met at the White House in November, according to the city office.

    Taue expressed hope Obama as a former U.S. president would visit an atomic-bombed city again and Kennedy replied she would let him know about the wish, according to the city.

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