Barack Obama has arrived in Hiroshima to become the first serving us president to visit the Japanese city since the 1945 nuclear bombing.
Mr Obama flew into the Iwakuni US base nearby, after leaving the g7 summit for the visit according to him was “a testament to how even the most painful of divides can be bridged”.
But he also says he will not be apologizing for the attack.
At least 140,000 people died in Hiroshima on 6 august 1945, in what was the world’s first nuclear bombing.
Two days later a second nuclear bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing another 74,000.
Mr Obama will lay a wreath at the cenotaph, where an eternal flame remembers Hiroshima’s dead.
He will be joined by bomb survivors living in the now thriving city