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

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

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

Emergency workers clearing up after the recent floods at Hiroshima mark a minute's silence during the anniversary of the atomic bombing. Japan is not supporting the global accord banning the production, possession and use of nuclear arms among its signatories.

Representatives from seven groups of hibakusha atomic bomb survivors, meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday, requested that the country sign and ratify a nuclear weapons ban treaty that was adopted at the United Nations in July 2017.

The Little Boy atomic bomb, the type detonated over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

At 8:15 a.m., the exact time when the US atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, citizens including a representative of the bereaved families tolled a Peace Bell and participants offered a minute of silence.

About 50,000 people, including Hiroshima residents and representatives from 58 countries, including US Ambassador William Hagerty, attended this year's ceremony.

It's a sunny summer morning in the city of Hiroshima, Japan. I really felt how scary atomic bombs can be, ' he said.

"Today, even after 73 years, the innocent residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki continue to suffer from the awful after effects of nuclear radiations", she said in the obituary references.

The Hiroshima mayor regarded the nuclear weapons ban treaty as "a milestone along the path to a nuclear-weapon-free world", urging the government of Japan to play a role to help bring it into force. The mayor then touched on the winning of last year's Nobel Peace Prize by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a worldwide network of nongovernmental organizations that pushed for the adoption of the nuclear weapons ban treaty, and said the spirit of the hibakusha "is spreading through the world".

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

The anniversary comes amid hopes to denuclearise North Korea after President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made vague aspirational statements of denuclearising the peninsula when they met in Singapore in June.

Matsui called nuclear deterrents and umbrellas "inherently unstable and extremely dangerous" approaches that seek to maintain worldwide order by only generating fear in rival countries.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abe said in his speech, "It is the duty of Japan, as the only country to have been hit with atomic bombs in wartime, to work tirelessly in pursuit of a world without nuclear weapons". He urged world leaders to negotiate in good faith to eliminate atomic arsenals.

The event was held to share the stories of hibakusha atomic bomb survivors. Those holding hibakusha certificates numbered 154,859 as of March this year, the lowest on record, while their average age stood at 82.06.

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