Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing in WWII

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The mayor called on the Japanese government to lead the global community towards "dialogue and cooperation for a world without nuclear weapons".

'I truly appreciate Bangladeshi people who show sympathy to the victims and express strong message for peace, ' he said in a message marking the Hiroshima Day that falls on August 6.

Tens of thousands of people were killed instantly, and by the end of 1945, about 140,000 had died because of the effects of the attack.

About 50,000 people, including Hiroshima residents and representatives from 80 countries, including U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty, attended this year's ceremony.

The 73rd anniversary comes after Pyongyang's promise of a complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula grabbed attention following the historic U.S.

A ceremony was held at the Peace Memorial Park, where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan's responsibility is to bridge the gap between nuclear and non-nuclear nations.

Students in Japan spent that last two years working with virtual reality technology to painstakingly recreate the nuclear blast that wiped out Hiroshima in World War 2.

On the other hand, the mayor pointed out, in an apparent reference to the USA administration of President Donald Trump and other world powers that, "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".

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

To accelerate Japan's surrender in the WWII, the US forces dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively on August 6 and August 9, 1945. Those holding hibakusha certificates numbered 154,859 as of March this year, the lowest on record, while their average age stood at 82.06.

Joining Cincinnati Edition to discuss efforts to prevent future use of nuclear weapons are Director of the Peace Resource Center at Wilmington College, Dr. Tanya Maus; and Wilmington College Adjunct Professor of Public History and Cincinnati Art Museum Digital Specialist Rachel Ellison.

"The important thing now is to patiently continue efforts to gain cooperation from both nuclear and nonnuclear states and take practical steps", Abe said, highlighting the importance of pursuing nuclear disarmament through the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT.

Atomic bomb survivors and many visitors prayed for peace at the Peace Memorial Park near Ground Zero under the scorching summer heat. "I want Japan to work toward eliminating nuclear weapons", Ota added.



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