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Most Japanese Believe the US Should Apologize for Atomic Bombings

© REUTERS / US ArmyAn atomic cloud billows above Hiroshima city following the explosion of the first atomic bomb to be used in warfare in Hiroshima, in this handout photo taken by the U.S. Army on August 6, 1945, and distributed by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The words written on the photo are from the source
An atomic cloud billows above Hiroshima city following the explosion of the first atomic bomb to be used in warfare in Hiroshima, in this handout photo taken by the U.S. Army on August 6, 1945, and distributed by the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. The words written on the photo are from the source - Sputnik International
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The majority of Japanese believe the United States should apologize for the 1945 atomic bomb attacks and that these bombings could not be justified by the war.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The majority of Japanese (61 percent) believe the United States should apologize for the atomic bomb attacks it carried out on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, while 74 percent of respondents said that the attacks could not be justified by the war because the civilian death toll they inflicted was disproportionate, according to a recent Sputnik.Polls poll conducted in Japan by Populus for Sputnik.

© SputnikMost Japanese Believe the US Should Apologize for Atomic Bombs
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Most Japanese Believe the US Should Apologize for Atomic Bombs

Asked, "Do you think the United States should officially apologize to the victims of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bomb attacks in 1945?" the majority of Japanese said it should. Only 11 percent of respondents said an apology was unnecessary. Almost 30 percent said they were not sure one way or the other. This proportion is especially high, at 40 percent, among young people aged between 18 and 24.

© SputnikMost of Japanese Believe the Attacks Couldn't Be Justified By The War
Most of Japanese Believe the Attacks Couldn't Be Justified By The War - Sputnik International
Most of Japanese Believe the Attacks Couldn't Be Justified By The War

Only 10 percent of respondents agreed with the statement that, "the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was designed to put an end to the war, which otherwise could have lasted longer." A second statement, "the bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki could not be justified by the war, as they led to a massive death toll among civilians," was supported by 74 percent of respondents.

The poll was conducted by Populus for Sputnik between July 29 and August 2, 2015 via online interviews. The sample, representative of the general population in terms of gender, age and geographic location, included 1,004 Japanese people aged 18 — 64. The confidence interval for the nationwide data was +/-3.1 percent, with a confidence probability of 95 percent.

About the Sputnik.Polls Project

The international public opinion project kicked off in July 2014. Partner of the poll in Japan was Populus, a reputable British pollster. The project involves regular surveys in different countries on the most sensitive social and political issues.

Sputnik (sputniknews.com) is a news agency and radio network with multimedia news hubs in dozens of countries. Sputnik broadcasts through its websites, analog and digital radio, mobile apps and social media.

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