The president's long tacit prayer had ended. He raised his tear-streaked face.
The president and the cenotaph for the atomic bomb victims. "Mr. President, a word if you please."
I have just offered a flower to the countless people who perished owing to the atomic bombs my country had dropped.
This flower is not a sign of judgment. I am not passing judgment on my countrymen, nor have I the intention of doing so on those who fought against us. This is because judging others is nothing but a declaration of hate, vengeance, suffering. Ignorance replaces understanding.
The president's speech began in front of the cenotaph for the atomic bomb victims.
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