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42nd G7 summit held in Japan

President Barack Obama arrived in Hiroshima for historic first visit made by a sitting US president

United States President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima which was the first to be exploded with an Atom Bomb

Venue and Date:Hiroshima, JapanG7 summit

Held in 27th May 2016

42nd G7 summit:

  • Participated in a ceremony with several atomic bomb survivors
  • Attended the two day summit of G7 leaders held at the Ise Shima National Park

Hiroshima Atom Bomb explosion:

  • 1,40,000 people died after U.S. troops dropped a nuclear bomb on Aug 6, 1945

Peace Park

Built at Epicenter of the Explosion and Peace Memorial Museum with the Genbaku Dome or Atomic Bomb Dome

  • The Museum is considered as a World Heritage Site
  • The park kept closed virtually all day for security reasons preventing access to the general public

Previous Visits From United States:

  • Democrat Jimmy Carter made a visit in 1984 as ex-president
  • Republican Richard Nixon visited in 1964

Hiroshima and Nagasaki:

  • US Army attacked Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 1945
  • United States dropped a second nuclear bomb three days later on Nagasaki and killed 74000 people
  • After six daysJapan surrendered to US Army by ending World War II

About Japan:

  • Island nation in the Pacific Ocean
  • Capital: Tokyo
  • Currency: Japanese yen
  • Prime minister: Shinzo Abe