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    Survivors of the atomic bombings of 75 years ago have accused Japan's prime minister, Shinzo Abe, of making light of their concerns after he delivered two near-identical speeches to mark the anniversaries of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

    A plagiarism detection app found that Abe's speech in Nagasaki on Sunday duplicated 93% of a speech he had given in Hiroshima three days earlier, the Mainichi Shimbun reported.

    The English-language versions of the speeches on Abe's official website also show a high degree of duplication.

    Abe did use different wording when referring to how each city had rebuilt in the years after Japan's wartime defeat.

    An estimated 140,000 people died immediately and in the months after the Hiroshima bombing on 6 August 1945, while 74,000 died during and after the attack on Nagasaki three days later.

    The apparent decision not to tailor the statements to each city's experience angered survivors of the bombings, who are known as hibakusha.

    Survivors used the anniversaries to urge Abe to push for nuclear disarmament while they are still alive.

    Which relies on the US nuclear umbrella for its security, has not signed a treaty to abolish nuclear weapons adopted by the UN general assembly in 2017.

    Abe did not visit the Nagasaki atomic bomb museum at the weekend, despite being asked to do so when he met hibakusha representatives last year.

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