Chinese High Schoolers and the A-Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
"Were the U.S. atomic bombings that defeated Japan in World War II necessary?" was the question posed "in two 40-minute classes delivered to a total of 240 students in the junior and senior high schools attached to Peking University" — Students in China learn about Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs. From the report:
- In a survey at the beginning of the class, 48 percent of the students said they "quite agreed" or "agreed" with the statement: "The atomic bombing was a natural result of Japan's fascism."
After the class, more students thought dropping the atomic bomb was wrong. Nearly seven in 10 of the students, or 68 percent, said they "quite agreed" or "agreed" with the opinion: "Atomic bombing is against humanity and threatens the ecosystem. It was a great mistake."