Nagasaki held a memorial service for victims of the atomic bombing of the city, Tuesday. For the first time, the US sent a representative to join the memorial service.
Scientists point to several factors. On Thursday, the Japan nuclear crisis took a hopeful turn as engineers installed a cable to connect the Fukushima I nuclear power plant to the utility grid.
Nations are responding to the devastation in Japan, sending aid workers, rescue equipment, and humanitarian supplies. Individuals can help too by donating to legitimate charities.
Japan has received offers from more than 70 rescue services from around the world. Crews from Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea are set to join a 150-member team on its way from the US.
In a first, Japan's foreign minister apologized to a group of former US World War II prisoners of war for inhumane treatment. The timing of the apology raises some questions.
While some Japanese still want an apology for the nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Obama Administration called the first official US visit to the annual Hiroshima commemoration a demonstration of its commitment to nuclear disarmament.
The US sent its first delegation to Hiroshima's annual memorial ceremony. Some Japanese would like the US to apologize for nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
For the first time, a top US official will attend the annual memorial service for the victims of the 1945 atomic bombing of Hiroshima. Keeping alive the memories of the effects of this attack is essential to nuclear nonproliferation. Beyond that, the debate over Hiroshima lives on.