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Paper lanterns float in the Motoyasu River in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima during a ceremony to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nagi/AFP/Getty Images

It is impossible to conjure up the agony visited upon Hiroshima 70 years ago as you walk around the rebuilt city, with its airy shopping centres and t(...)

On August 9th, 1945, President Harry Truman delivered a radio address from the White House. “The world will note,” he said, “that the first atomic bom(...)

A recent visitor casts a shadow on the ground at Nagasaki’s Peace Park, southwestern Japan. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

Kuniyoshi Aikawa was 12 when he heard the drone of a B-29 US bomber flying over Hiroshima. The atomic bomb it dropped from its payload would kill or i(...)

Hirotami Yamada at the peace memorial in Nagasaki commemorating the victims of the atomic bombing of the city by the US 70 years ago. ‘I saw people so injured ... that you couldn’t tell if they were alive or dead.’ Photograph: David McNeill

Luck and geography decided life or death in Nagasaki. Hirotami Yamada survived because he was at school, more than 3km from the hypocentre of the plut(...)

Yoichi Miyazawa, Japan’s new trade and industry minister, who is at the centre of a controversy over money spent in a sex bar by  his support group.  Photograph: Akio Kon/Bloomberg

Just days after the resignation of two scandal-tainted ministers, another Japanese cabinet member is under fire – for links to a sex bar.Media reports(...)

 Rescue workers search for missing people at a landslide site in Hiroshima,  Japan today. At least 27 people are dead and 10 unaccounted for in landslides triggered by torrential rain in the western Japanese city. Photograph: Kimimasa Mayama/EPA.

At least 36 people, including children, were killed in Japan today, when landslides triggered by torrential rain hit into the outskirts of the western(...)

The crew of the Enola Gay, from left, Capt. Theodore Van Kirk, Col. Paul Tibbets and Maj. Thomas Ferebee after dropping the first atom bomb on Hiroshima, in the Mariana Islands, August 6th, 1945. Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the plane, has died aged 93. Photograph: US  Air Force via The New York Times

Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay plane that dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6(...)