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Memories of Hiroshima’s Suffering Fade Ahead of Obama Visit

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The gutted Atomic Bomb Dome is silhouetted in Hiroshima, Japan, on Monday, May 16, 2016.
Photographer: Yuriko Nakao

For atomic bomb survivor Sunao Tsuboi, the visit by U.S. President Barack Obama this week to Hiroshima has been a long time coming.

In 2009 when Obama took office, Tsuboi sent a letter to the White House on behalf of seven survivor organizations, inviting the president to visit the city. The invitation was declined.