Leading Japanese politician labels Nagasaki bombing a crime

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One of Japan's most senior politicians has said the US atomic bombing of Nagasaki in 1945 was impermissible from a humanitarian point of view.

Shoichi Nakagawa, the policy chief of the governing party, said that the use of atomic weapons was a crime.

Mr Nakagawa has attracted controversy recently, calling for a debate on whether Japan should have nuclear arms. He raised the possibility that North Koreans might try to attack Japan with their own nuclear weapons.

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