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Korean victims of nuclear warfare

I didn’t realize that 40,000 Koreans who were in Japan were killed in the two atomic bombings in 1945. There also are thousands of Korean survivors, and they want help from the Japanese government. Hiromiti Matuda/Handout from Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum/Getty Images

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NAGASAKI, JAPAN - AUGUST 8: A photograph of the atomic bomb dropped in Nagasaki shows how it exploded 50m above ground on August 8, 2005 in Nagsaki, Japan. August 9,1945 Thursday 11:02 am, the US B-29 superfortress Bockscar dropped an atomic bomb on northern part of Nagasaki City, The city marks the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing on Aug. 9. (Photo by Hiromiti Matuda/Handout from Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum/Getty Images)

I didn't realize that 40,000 Koreans who were in Japan were killed in the two atomic bombings in 1945. There also are thousands of Korean survivors, and they want help from the Japanese government.

Hiromiti Matuda/Handout from Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum/Getty Images

I didn’t realize that 40,000 Koreans who were in Japan were killed in the two atomic bombings in 1945. There also are thousands of Korean survivors, and they want help from the Japanese government.

Hiromiti Matuda/Handout from Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum/Getty Images

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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