A-bomb mayors seek Obama visit

Kyodo

The mayors of A-bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki told U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy on Monday that they hope President Barack Obama will visit their cities.

During their meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui and Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue also asked the new ambassador to visit Hiroshima at an early date, after she traveled to Nagasaki earlier this month to visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and talk with three A-bomb survivors.

Kennedy suggested the two cities directly send Obama an invitation, the mayors told reporters after the meeting.

Kennedy visited Hiroshima in 1978 during her first trip to Japan.