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Full text of novelist Kazuo Ishiguro's message for Nagasaki A-bomb ceremony

Kazuo Ishiguro, right, a Nobel Prize-winning British novelist who spent his childhood in Nagasaki, Japan, poses alongside his wife Lorna in London on July 3, 2018, after receiving an honorary citizen award from Nagasaki Gov. Hodo Nakamura. (Kyodo)

NAGASAKI (Kyodo) -- The following is the full text of Nobel Prize-winning British novelist Kazuo Ishiguro's message for Sunday's 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing in Nagasaki, where he was born in 1954.

    This is the anniversary of a terrible event. But this milestone also marks seventy five years during which time there has been no repeat of what was inflicted on the people of Nagasaki that day. My mother, then a teenager in the city, was able to go on to enjoy a long peaceful life. So this is an anniversary that brings triumph and hope, as well as horror and sadness. Let us not forget how fragile our civilization remains. And in our current, troubled times, let us not forget the importance of the international cooperation and understanding that has brought us safely through these years. Let us remember the huge dangers that continue to threaten us, and the supreme value of human life.

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