Friday, 19 October, 2018

Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing in World War II

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

He said to achieve "a world without nuclear weapons" people must understand how nuclear bombs can cause tragic results and with this as the starting point, it's necessary to obtain the cooperation of countries with and without such weapons.

Over the course of five minutes, viewers are transported back to August 6, 1945 to witness the moment the United States killed 140,000 people and flattened a city.

Without naming specific nations, he warned that "certain countries are explicitly expressing self-centred nationalism and modernising their nuclear arsenals".

The event changed the course of World War II and demonstrated the unbelievably devastating force of nuclear weapons.

"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 disgusting 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.

Japan needs to lead the worldwide community toward "dialogue and cooperation for a world without nuclear weapons", the mayor added.

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

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"Maintaining its three non-nuclear principles, our country is determined to make strenuous efforts to serve as a bridge between both parties", Abe said.

This computer graphic image provided by Fukuyama Technical High School shows a burning building just after an atomic bomb fell in Hiroshima, western Japan.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said in his message during the ceremony that Hiroshima's legacy is one of "resilience" and sought continued moral support from the hibakusha survivors for efforts in promoting the ban of nuclear weapons.

Pigeons fly over the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 2018. The bombings claimed 1 Lakh 40 thousand lives in Hiroshima and 74 thousand in Nagasaki.

"They can't imagine what it was like because it feels like a different world, but it's important to keep telling them", Makita said.

Three days later, a second U.S. atomic bomb killed 70,000 people in Nagasaki.

"Those who knew the city very well tell us it's done very well".

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