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Japan hopes Kerry's Hiroshima visit spurs Obama trip, nuclear disarmament

The Group of Seven foreign ministers pose after laying wreaths at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on April 11. (Pool photo)

HIROSHIMA, Japan -- In a move Japan hopes will provide momentum for global nuclear disarmament, foreign ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, visited Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Monday to learn about the atomic bombing and pay their respects to the victims.

     The 122,100-sq.-meter park was built on ground zero of the 1945 atomic bombing and houses the Atomic Bomb Dome, a ruin that has been designated a World Heritage site. Every year on Aug. 6, the day of the bombing, a memorial ceremony is held at the park to wish for a peaceful, nuclear weapons-free world.

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