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The U.S. Library of Congress has two books of notes written by two scientists involved in Japan’s unsuccessful attempt to develop atomic bombs during the war, it was learned recently.

Sakae Shimizu and Yoshiaki Uemura worked under Bunsaku Arakatsu, a professor at Kyoto Imperial University — now Kyoto University — ordered by the Imperial Japanese Navy to develop atomic bombs, according to the two notebooks, copies of which were obtained by Kyodo News.

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