Who remembers the 100,000 killed by American B52's

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  • Date: Sat, 16 Mar 2002 10:17:24 -0000

TOKYO JOURNAL
100,000 People Perished, but Who Remembers?
By HOWARD W. FRENCH
 
TOKYO, March 13 — From the housewives who cart home their groceries by
bicycle, to the tiny shops and simple homes, Sumida Ward's irregular
grid of narrow, gently bending streets appears at first glance to have
gone unchanged for many decades.
 
But because 57 years ago this week a fleet of American B-29 bombers
dropped 1,665 tons of napalm-filled bombs on Tokyo, leaving almost
nothing standing over 16 square miles, there are few places in Japan
where appearances like these could be more deceptive.
 
In one horrific night, the firebombing of Tokyo — then a city largely of
wooden buildings — killed an estimated 100,000 people. In the spring and
summer of 1945, similarly devastating raids on over 60 Japanese cities
occurred before the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki brought
World War II to an end. 
 
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