Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
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Hiroshima remembers atomic bombing on 73rd anniversary

Hiroshima remembers atomic bombing on 73rd anniversary

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, attending the memorial ceremony, pledged that Japan will try to bridge nuclear powers and non-nuclear states and lead worldwide efforts.

At Monday's ceremony, Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui warned that "certain countries are blatantly proclaiming self-centred nationalism and modernizing their nuclear arsenals, rekindling tensions that had eased with the end of the Cold War".

Foreign Minister Zarif in a tweet on Monday remembered the 73rd anniversary of the United States' nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, describing the U.S. as the "first and only" country to ever use nukes, "on an urban center of all targets".

Tens of thousands of people gathered to honour the victims at an annual memorial ceremony held in the city.

Matsui said in his speech that Japan's government should do more to achieve a nuclear-free world by helping the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons take effect. For the vote of the treaty text, 122 nations voted in favor while 69 nations chose not to vote - all of which were nuclear weapon states.

The attack on Hiroshima, 700 kilometres west of Tokyo, in the closing days of World War II ushered in the nuclear age.

In Friday, Aug. 8, 2018, photo, Namio Matsura, 17-year-old member of the computation skill research club at Fukuyama Technical High School, watches Hiroshima city before atomic bomb fell in virtual reality experience at the high school in Hiroshima, western Japan.

Currently, more than 14,000 nuclear weapons are estimated to still exist in the world.


"Our nation, while maintaining our (non-nuclear weapons) principles, will patiently work to serve as a bridge between the two sides and lead efforts by the global community" to reduce nuclear weapons, Abe said.

Abe said Japan is determined to act as a bridge between the 2 sides, and to be an worldwide leader. "That is precisely why we must continue talking about Hiroshima", Matsui said.

Atomic bomb survivors and many visitors prayed for peace at the Peace Memorial Park near Ground Zero under the scorching summer heat.

The bombings claimed the lives of 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 74,000 people in Nagasaki.

Another Hiroshima resident Yoshinobu Ota, 71, was born after the bombing. "We were only told what we needed to know, and keep your mouth shut".

Although it's impossible to relive a moment in history, a group of the students have recreated the moment an atomic bomb dropped over the city through VR to portray the livelihood of people that was taken away as a result of the bombing. "As long as there are countries possessing nuclear weapons, they can be used any time".

His call however highlighted Japan's contradictory relationship with nuclear weapons.

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