Hiroshima (???, Hiroshima-shi, Japanese: [çi?o?ima]), literally "Broad Island", is the capital of Hiroshima Prefecture and the largest city in the Ch?goku region of western Honshu - the largest island of Japan. Hiroshima gained city status on April 1, 1889. On April 1, 1980, Hiroshima became a designated city. As of August 2016, the city has an estimated population of 1,196,274. The gross domestic product (GDP) in Greater Hiroshima, Hiroshima Urban Employment Area, is US$61.3 billion as of 2010. Kazumi Matsui has been the city's mayor since April 2011.
Hiroshima is known as the first city in history to be targeted by a nuclear weapon when the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) dropped an atomic bomb on the city at 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 1945, near the end of World War II.
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