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Terumi Tanaka was 13 when a U.S. warplane dropped a plutonium bomb on the city of Nagasaki, on Aug. 9, 1945.

Sitting at home with a book that morning, Tanaka knew instantly when his surroundings turned a blinding bright white that the massive boom was not one of the air raids he had gotten accustomed to in the waning days of World War II.

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