Truman's Grandson Meets Nuke Survivors

    Clifton Truman Daniel (C), a grandson of former US president Harry Truman who authorised the atomic bomb drops 67 years ago, looks at Hiroshima A-bomb survivor Nobuo Miyake (L), 83, as he speaks at a symposium at the University of Tokyo on August 3, 2012. Truman Daniel, 55, arrived in Japan to attend the annual memorial services on August 6 in Hiroshima and August 9 in Nagasaki for the first time after being invited by an anti-nuclear group. Woman at R is unidentified.    AFP PHOTO / Shingo ITO        (Photo credit should read SHINGO ITO/AFP/GettyImages)

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    Clifton Truman Daniel was greeted by a mixed reception in Tokyo on Friday, where he met with survivors of the atomic bombing of Japan during World War II. Authorized by his grandfather, former president Harry Truman, the bombings took place 67 years ago, and are estimated to have killed over 200,000 people. The attending survivors were said to have "generally welcomed" the visit, though a 77-year-old female survivor commented, "I would like him to know that some of those who lost their family members in the bombings will never forgive (the United States) no matter what." Daniel, who referred to the visit as a "good first step towards healing old wounds," also defended his grandfather's use of the bombs: "I can't second-guess my grandfather...(but) there is no right decision in war."

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