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Yes, they survived the blast. No, their survival was not unexplainable. The Jesuits are at two locations: They reside at Novitiate of the Society of Jesus in Nagatsuke two kilometers from the edge of the city (and 3 kilometers from the epicenter of the blast), but at the time of the explosion some are at Central Mission and Parish House closer to ground ...


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No. He laid a wreath, mourned the dead, spoke about a moral duty to prevent the horrors of war, but didn't apologise, didn't separate the nuclear attacks from the other horrors of war, and didn't express any view on whether the use of nuclear weapons at that moment in history was right or wrong. From the BBC: Mr Obama said the memory of 6 August 1945 ...


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There were 4 priests at the closest location to ground zero, but they were 1,400 yards from ground zero according to John Hersey's 1946 book Hiroshima . Other people (non-priests) survived being as close as 300 yards from ground zero. (These distances are horizontal components only, with the bomb detonating at a height of 650 yards, so no one on the ground ...


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In the comments, Gary Kindel, pointed out, "Just answer the question and stop worrying who is going to use to support a specific dating technique." So the short answer is yes, radioactivity can and does affect radiometric dating techniques. This is a well established phenomenon and as such, there are many other dating methods that make up for this. There ...


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No. The Japanese were not "suing for peace" prior to the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Does Denson's article portray the situation in May-Jul 1945 accurately? No, Dulles' contacts had limited support and did not represent the Japanese government... In early 1945 Japanese navy circles in Berlin tried to begin peace negotiations with the United ...


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Richard Shenkman is taking his information from the 1997 book What Americans Know about Politics and why it Matters, and has corrected the statement in the 2010 version of his book. The 1997 book says 91% stated "The U.S. used A-bomb against Japan" in a 1990 survey. (page 87, table 2.7) and also says 49% "correctly" answered a survey item "only nation to ...


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The first image can be seen at the Hiroshima Peace Media Center, in an article titled "Hiroshima: 70 Years After the A-bombing: Students study in open-air classrooms in “A-bomb desert”". If you click on the first image, you get the following caption: An open-air classroom at Noboricho National School. A female teacher stands in front of the students. ...


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If not, did he do something that might be reasonably interpreted as apologizing? From Obama’s origami cranes he left behind touches many hearts, the brother of Sadako Sasaki, who died of leukemia most likely caused by the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, interpreted Obama's hand-crafted origami cranes given to the Hiroshima Peace Museum as an apology. Sasaki’...


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The 1988 book The Social Dynamics of Peace and Conflict: Culture in International Security Georges Erasmus, former President of the Dene Nation, pointed out, "We're aware that the uranium for the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 came from Denendeh" citing to Akwesasne Notes 16(6):4 which was published in 1984. See also the ...


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Firstly, the article cited in the OP itself clearly says that the 25% is not true: Not 25 per cent For true information, quoting Culture Shock and Japanese-American Relations: Historical Essays by Sadao Asada at page 231: The treatment of the bomb in high school history textbooks (1965, 1985, 1990) was almost perfunctory. The briefest textbook ...


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Hiroshima City- Burning Ash to Metropolis is a speech by Tadatoshi Akiba who was mayor of Hiroshima from 1999 to 2011. He may or may not be the mayor described in the anecdote. In the speech, he quoted Professor Nakatani of Waseda University as saying the planning of a city can be traced to a city's history. He then goes on to say that the redeveloped city'...


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This claim is wrong for so many reasons. 1) Radiometric dating relies on certain unstable elements decaying into stable ones over time. The rate of that decay is constant and can be used for measuring time - the less of the unstable element exists, the more time has passed. Nuclear explosions can create such unstable elements and throw off some dating ...


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