• Kyodo


Hiroshima and Nagasaki plan to hold an exhibition on the atomic bombings that destroyed the cities during the war in 1945 when the Group of Seven summit is held in Mie Prefecture in May, Hiroshima officials said Friday.

The exhibition will be held near the summit venue and feature items showing damage caused by the bombs. It will run for eight days, including May 26 and 27, when the summit will be held, the officials said.

The summit will bring the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States together in Shima, and the exhibition will be held in neighboring Ise.

The two cities plan to invite the leaders to the A-bomb show by sending invitations to the embassies of all seven.

Similar exhibitions were held during the Group of Eight summits in Okinawa in 2000 and Hokkaido in 2008, but none of the leaders attended. The G-8 includes the G-7 members plus Russia.

The United States bombed Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and Nagasaki on Aug. 9. Japan surrendered on Aug. 15.

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