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Japan will hold the first government-sponsored exhibition in the United States of materials related to the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The exhibit will be held from May 6 to Aug. 14 at the Peace Museum in Chicago to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the bombings, officials of the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for the Atomic Bomb Victims said Wednesday.

The exhibition will feature 41 photos and 23 objects, including a melted Christian cross. Katsuji Yoshida, a 73-year-old A-bomb survivor from Nagasaki, will talk about his experiences, the officials said.

The Hiroshima and Nagasaki municipal governments have held exhibitions in 11 countries since 1996.

The central government operates peace memorial halls in Nagasaki and Hiroshima that house photographs of victims and a database of survivors’ testimony.

Rokkasho delivery

AOMORI (Kyodo) A British freighter carrying highly radioactive waste processed in France arrived Wednesday in Rokkasho, Aomori Prefecture, nuclear industry officials said.

The 5,000-ton Pacific Sandpiper docked at Mutsu Ogawara port nearly two months after leaving Cherbourg, northwestern France, on Feb. 18.

The shipment, the 10th since 1995, comprises 124 rods of vitrified blocks produced by French national nuclear power company COGEMA, which reprocessed nuclear waste from six electric utilities in Japan.

The rods will be kept at a storage facility of Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. for between 30 and 50 years. The arrival of the new cargo brings the total number of stored rods to 1,016.

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