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Writer Hosaka hails Obama's Hiroshima speech as more than an apology

Non-fiction writer Masayasu Hosaka says he was pleasantly surprised at President Barak Obama's speech in Hiroshima, as the U.S. leader's historic visit to the atomic-bombed city did not end up as a simple memorial ceremony.

    Hosaka said that Obama spoke about "thought and philosophy" on the move to eliminate nuclear weapons, while raising questions about the roles science has played in human history and how humans should face it in the future.

    "I was surprised because I had thought that it would end up as a simply memorial ceremony. I believe that the aim of his visit to Hiroshima was to engrave his speech in history," Hosaka said. "It was a political judgment that sending this message in Hiroshima would be most effective in appealing to all humankind," he added.

    Hosaka went on to say that he believed that, through his speech, Obama had pressed Japan, too, to take action to eliminate nuclear weapons.

    "Have we forgotten the role imposed on us and become nothing more than the nation that was attacked with atomic weapons? Japan must be the very nation that stands at the forefront and undertakes the task (of nuclear disarmament) more actively. It was a deeply meaningful and good speech that went beyond an apology and remorse, and looked ahead to the future," Hosaka said.

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