Defense Minister Fumio Kyuma said the dropping of atomic bombs on Japan during World War II "couldn't be helped," a news report said Saturday.
"The bombing ended the war, and I think that couldn't be helped," Kyuma was quoted as saying in a speech by Kyodo News agency.
Japan is the only nation to have suffered a nuclear attack, when the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki near the end of World War II.
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