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A Japanese news agency said that the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima had a parachute attached, and exploded before reaching the ground. The destructive power of the atomic bomb cannot be slighted, but history shows that ways have always been discovered to nullify new weapons, said Tokyo radio, quoting the Domei news agency. The Japanese authorities are already busy on counter-measures. The main reason which drove the enemy into the use of the new bomb on Hiroshima is impatience at the slow progress of the projected invasion of Japan's mainland, the agency continued. While admitting that the bombs have considerable destructive power, informed quarters said that resort to such inhuman tactics will brand the enemy as a destroyer of justice and mankind and public enemy No. 1 of social justice. "These bestial tactics prove how thin is the veneer of the civilisation of which the Allies boast," the agency continues. "Investigation is under way to determine the extent of the damage. By employing this new weapon, designed to massacre innocent civilians, the Americans have unveiled to the world their sadistic nature. "The gallant resistance of Japanese forces at Iwo Jima and Okinawa has frustrated the enemy's hope of a quick decision in the forthcoming battle of Japan's homeland. The strategic advantages which the Japanese forces are certain to enjoy in, the Pacific war's next phase have made it clear to the enemy that an early conclusion is mere wishful thinking. Therefore, the enemy has begun to employ this barbaric method as a last desperate resort."

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"PARACHUTED BOMB EXPLODED IN MID-AIR", Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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"PARACHUTED BOMB EXPLODED IN MID-AIR" Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 186, 8 August 1945

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