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In Pictures: Hiroshima and Mazda share a long history

The city and the company rebuilt together, after an atomic bomb devastated Hiroshima in 1945. Mazda was Toyo Kogyo Co. Ltd. then, a maker of three-wheel trucks and military hardware. Just days after the blast, the company was back building those trucks, and part of company headquarters housed the Hiroshima prefectural government.

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The assembly line in Hiroshima, Japan, where the first Mazda vehicles were built in 1937.

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This Sept. 8, 1945 picture shows an allied correspondent standing in the rubble in front of the shell of a building that once was a movie theater in Hiroshima, Japan, a month after the first atomic bomb ever used in warfare was dropped by the U.S. on Monday, Aug. 6, 1945.

Stanley Troutman/AP Photo

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In this Monday, Aug. 6, 1945 picture made available by the U.S. Army via the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, a mushroom cloud billows into the sky about one hour after an atomic bomb was detonated above Hiroshima, Japan.

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A security guard points to the cockpit of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum newly reassembled Enola Gay, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress, at the Udvar-Hazy Center, Monday Aug. 18, 2003 in Chantilly, Va. The B-29 bomber aircraft was used to drop the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima, Japan during World War II.

PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP Photo

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A boy looks at a huge photograph showing Hiroshima city after the 1945 atomic bombing, at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, Japan August 6, 2007.

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Doves fly by the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome during the 65th anniversary ceremony of the 1945 atomic bombing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, Friday, Aug. 6, 2010.

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The gutted Atomic Bomb Dome is silhouetted in Hiroshima, western Japan August 5, 2009. Hiroshima will mark the 64th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing on Thursday.

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A girl prays after releasing a paper lantern on the Motoyasu river to comfort the souls of atomic bomb victims in Hiroshima, Japan August 6, 2007.

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Doves flutter over the gutted A-bomb dome at an anniversary ceremony in Hiroshima, Japan, marking the 60th anniversary of the world's first atomic bombing of the city August 6, 2005.

ERIKO SUGITA/REUTERS

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People release paper lanterns on the Motoyasu river facing the gutted Atomic Bomb Dome in remembrance of atomic bomb victims on the 67th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, in this photo taken in 2012.

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