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Keiko Shinozaki in April became the first female director of the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum — and immediately upon taking up the role saw the facility closed to the public as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across Japan.

The unexpected shutdown meant the museum’s plans for 2020, the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs that devastated both Nagasaki in southwest Japan and Hiroshima in the west, were thrown into disarray.

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