New Delhi, Aug 6: Japan on Sunday commemorated 72th anniversary of the world’s first nuclear attack on Hiroshima in 1945 during World War II.
Thousands of people, including survivors of the attack, their descendants, peace activists and representatives from about 80 countries, attended the ceremony at the Peace Memorial Park, Xinhua news agency reported.
Mayor Kazumi Matsui in his address called for peace, tranquillity and the world free of nuclear weapons.
Recalling massive the loss of lives and culture and the sufferings caused by the bombing, urged the government “do all in its power” to ensure a nuclear weapon-free world and to support people who witnessed mental and physical from the effects of radiation.
Addressing the ceremony Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said “by firmly maintaining our three non-nuclear principles (not producing, possessing or allowing nuclear weapons on Japanese territory) and continuing to appeal to both nuclear and non-nuclear states, Japan is determined to lead the international community.”
During his speech, Sloganeering also took place against his long-held ambition of revising the pacifist Constitution and other policies that could bring Japan to war.
Hundreds of protesters gathered around the park, holding banners and raising slogans such as “Oppose war and Constitution revision” and “Abe shall step down”.
The US dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively on August 6 and August 9 in 1945 to accelerate Japan’s surrender.
Within a span of 4 days, Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces bringing an end to WWII which lasted 1939 to 1945.