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A devastating explosion followed by a mushroom cloud: the atomic bomb that fell on Nagasaki on 9 August 1945 is forever etched into the memory of Japan (and the world). The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum gives an impression of this horrific day and the consequences of the bomb. The adjacent Peace Park is a site of contemplation with a clear message: this must never happen again!
In one fell swoop, almost 30 percent of Nagasaki was wiped off the map. Almost 75,000 people died immediately. Another 75,000 people died from the consequences of radioactive radiation and injuries. The Americans decided to launch the ‘Fat Man’, as the bomb was called, because the Japanese would not surrender. Three days earlier, the US had dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima.