U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos has told the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that the U.S. government considers a planned national historical park commemorating the U.S. wartime project to develop an atomic bomb not to be celebratory, officials of the cities said Tuesday.
The municipal governments, which in letters last month to the ambassador requested consideration be given to providing information about the damage caused by atomic bombings, have accepted Roos' explanation and plan to watch developments on the matter. In a letter dated Jan. 18 to Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, Roos said the commemoration of wartime activities is ''reflective, rather than celebratory,'' adding he expects the Manhattan Project National Historical Park to serve as an ''educational and commemorative facility.''
Published on Wednesday, 25 January 2012