By Thalif Deen - Inter Press Service
When leaders of the world's eight most industrialised nations -- the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Russia, known as the G8 -- hold their annual summit meeting in Hokkaido in early July, they are likely to reject a seemingly backhanded invitation: a visit to the Peace Memorial Museum in the city of Hiroshima. The museum, one of Japan's more somber tourist attractions, is a grim reminder of the horrors of nuclear war, pictorially depicting the devastation caused to Hiroshima by a U.S. atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945. A second Japanese city, Nagasaki, was nuked three days later. And within one year, 140,000 died as a result of the U.S. attacks.