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Part of Hiroshima A-bomb museum reopens, full renovation eyed next year

The media exhibit "White Panorama" that shows a computer graphic recreation of the moment the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima is pictured at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum's East Building in Hiroshima's Chuo Ward on April 25, 2017. (Mainichi)

HIROSHIMA (Kyodo) -- The east building of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum reopened Wednesday following completion of renovations, with a new multimedia display showing images of the western Japan city before and after the U.S. bombing in 1945.

    The museum said its main building will be closed Wednesday for quake-resistance works, with the aim of reopening in July 2018.

    In the newly reopened building, a 90-second video shows visitors how the city was destroyed by the atomic bombing on Aug. 6 with computer generated imagery projected on a 5-meter-diameter model of the city.

    Visitors examine the strength of the atomic blast through before and after models of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Atomic Bomb Dome (the former Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall) at a hands-on exhibit at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum's East Building in Hiroshima's Chuo Ward on April 26, 2017. (Mainichi)

    In addition, 34 touch panels have been installed for visitors to read information in English and Japanese about the bombing and its aftermath.

    The building will also display cranes made by Sadako Sasaki, who became an icon for peace after folding more than a thousand origami paper cranes while being treated for leukemia 10 years after the attack. She died at the age of 12 in 1955.

    The museum also displays paper cranes made by then U.S. President Barack Obama when he visited Hiroshima last May following a Group of Seven summit in central Japan.

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