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HIROSHIMA — Nearly 60 people gathered in the rain here August 5 at a small cenotaph dedicated to Korean victims of the atomic bombing in a ceremony to mark the 52nd anniversary of the attack.

Gathered in drenching rain before the cenotaph, which sits off a busy intersection just outside of Peace Memorial Park, Korean residents of Japan and city officials paid their respects in the 27th annual ceremony. According to information on the monument, some 20,000 Koreans perished in the Aug. 6, 1945 blast. At that time, about 100,000 Koreans were living in the city, some in service to the Imperial Japanese Army as soldiers and civilian workers. A good many, however, were slave laborers, conscripted by the Japanese government for industrial work.

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