Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing

Judy Cobb
August 8, 2018

People attend a protest near the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 2018.

"Certain countries are blatantly proclaiming self-centered nationalism and modernising their nuclear arsenals, rekindling tensions that had eased with the end of the Cold War, " Matsui said, without identifying the countries.

Emergency workers clearing up after the recent floods at Hiroshima mark a minute's silence during the anniversary of the atomic bombing.

Matsui expressed hope that the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula will continue through dialogue and called on global leaders to make an worldwide treaty comprehensively prohibiting nuclear weapons a "milestone" toward the goal of ridding the world of nuclear arsenals.

A survey conducted by the Kyodo News agency showed 81 per cent of the survivors want Japan to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. He urged world leaders to negotiate in good faith to eliminate atomic arsenals.

The US military dropped a second atomic bomb three days later on the city of Nagasaki, killing about 74,000, and Japan surrendered to Allied Forces on August 15, bringing an end to the war.

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The mushroom cloud triggered by the atomic blast after the bombing 73 years ago. "We in civil society fervently hope that the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula will proceed through peaceable dialogue", he added.

The 73rd anniversary comes after Pyongyang's promise of a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula grabbed attention following the historic US-North Korean summit in June.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who also was at the ceremony, said differences between the nuclear and non-nuclear states are widening.

"Themes will key on current concerns about the potential use of nuclear weapons, the status of safeguards and monitors on the inventory of such weapons around the world, (including in the U.S.) and re-exploring the long memory about the awful loss of life caused by two nuclear bombs dropped on two different Japanese cities within days of each other", according to a news release from the Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice.

But he pledged to do more to bridge their gap.

"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.

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