The president prayed in silence in front of the atomic bomb cenotaph. In the minds of people, the atomic bomb and nuclear weapons, that is, the belief of violence, is gradually being replaced by the belief in trust, mutual understanding, empathy, love for human beings.
|The president's long tacit prayer had ended. He raised his tear-streaked face.|
|"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.|