Japanese policemen on top of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum behind the US and Japanese flags: Barack Obama visited Hiroshima and made a plea for nonproliferation of nuclear weapons. Photograph: Kiyoshi Ota

The wheels of political atonement turn slowly. In 1997, Tony Blair became the first British prime minister to say sorry for the Famine. It took 150 ye(...)

Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe looks on as US president Barack Obama  hugs Shigeaki Mori, a survivor of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima, during a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Friday. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

In the first Hiroshima visit by a sitting American president, Barack Obama made an impassioned plea for a world without nuclear weapons, asking for “c(...)

Students pray in front of the cenotaph for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing, at Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

Barack Obama on Friday became the first sitting US. president to visit Hiroshima, site of the world’s first atomic bombing, a gesture Washington and T(...)

At the G7 in Japan: (left to right), European Council president Donald Tusk, French president Francois Hollande, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Japanese prime minister Shizo Abe, British prime minister David Cameron, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi. Photograph: Eugene Hoshiko/AP

It has become something of an annual cliché: the fixed smiles of the world’s most powerful men and women engaging in an uncomfortable-looking photo op(...)

From left, Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi, German chancellor Angela Merkel, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, French president Francois Hollande, US president Barack Obama, British prime minister David Cameron (hidden), European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk (hidden) walk before a G7 photo session at the Shima Kanko Hotel  in Kashikojima, Japan. Photograph:  Foreign Ministry of Japan via Getty Images

Group of Seven (G7) leaders agreed on Thursday on the need to send a strong message on maritime claims in the western Pacific, where an increasingly a(...)

Hiroshima: Never again?

When Barack Obama visits Hiroshima tomorrow he will be the first serving US president to do so. It is a welcome development full of symbolism. However(...)

Shigemoto Yasuhiko. Photograph: Jeremy Sutton Hibbert

Shigemoto Yasuhiko is recalling the day he first saw the incinerated city of Hiroshima as a 15-year-old boy. “I had escaped the blast and I came to (...)

The Aioi Bridge in Hiroshima, Japan: US president Barack Obama is to attempt to reheat a pledge he made after he took office in 2009 to rid the world of nuclear weapons. Most critics, including survivors of the Hiroshima bombing, say he has little to show for the pledge. Photograph: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg

When the leaders of the world’s rich nations meet this week near Japan’s Ise Shrine for the G7 Summit, they’ll be encouraged to pause from putting on (...)

Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima on his trip to Japan later this month, making him the first sitting US president to visit the site of the world’s first atomic bombing in 1945 during the second World War. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images.

Barack Obama will visit Hiroshima on his trip to Japan later this month, making him the first sitting US president to visit the site of the world’s fi(...)

View of the “sarcophagus” covering the damaged fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Photograph: Gleb Garanich/Reuters

Ukraine will today mark 30 years since an explosion tore through its Chernobyl atomic power station in the world’s worst nuclear disaster. Commemora(...)

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