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United Methodist Bishop Mary Ann Swenson, leading an ecumenical group of pilgrims from the World Council of Churches, addresses participants in a ceremony in Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 2015, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the killing of Korean forced laborers when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on that city. The Koreans had been brought to Japan to work as slaves during the war. The church in Japan has played a key role in addressing Japan's complicity in violence and murder during the war years. The WCC pilgrims came to Japan to see for themselves the results of the bombings 70 years ago, to listen to survivors and local church leaders, and to recommit themselves to new forms of advocacy for a world free of nuclear weapons.