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On March 10, 1945 more than 100,000 people were killed, a million made homeless, and 16 square miles of Tokyo were burned to the ground by a single American firebombing raid.

Why do most people today know about the horrors of  Hiroshima and Dresden, but are surprised to learn the appalling statistics of the Tokyo raid?

On March 10, 2015, in a Tokyo temple filled with floral wreaths and chrysanthemums, Japan’s current nationalistic Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made faintly ambiguous remarks:  “With the lessons of the atrocities of war etched deeply in our hearts, we must humbly face the past and do our utmost to contribute to world peace.”

read more: Japan and the past: Undigested history | The Economist.