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Kishida and U.S. envoy Emanuel to visit Hiroshima memorial

Trip could come this month as both countries urge world leaders to do the same

Birds fly over Peace Memorial Park at a ceremony commemorating the 76th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing in Hiroshima on Aug. 6, 2021. The gutted Atomic Bomb Dome can be seen in the background.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Prime Minister Fumio Kishida plans to travel to Hiroshima with U.S. Ambassador to Japan Rahm Emanuel as early as this month, to raise awareness about the need for nuclear disarmament. 

The plan is for Kishida and Emanuel to lay a wreath at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, home to the iconic remains of an industrial building known as the Atomic Bomb Dome. The date will be finalized based on coronavirus infection numbers. 

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