Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan is committed to its non-nuclear policy and will work toward the abolition of nuclear weapons as Hiroshima marked the 62nd anniversary of the world’s first atomic bomb attack, which killed more than 140,000 people in the Japanese city.

62nd annivesary of Hiroshima atomic bombing
Doves fly by the Atomic Bomb Dome
during the ceremony

About 40,000 survivors, residents and visitors from around the world observed a minute of silence at 815am, Monday; the moment the American B-29 bomber ‘Enola Gay’ dropped its deadly atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

An estimated 140,000 people were killed instantly or died within a few months after the bombing. Three days later, another US airplane dropped a plutonium bomb on the city of Nagasaki, killing about 80,000 people.

“Japan has been taking the path toward global peace for 62 years since World War II. The tragedies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki should never be repeated in any place on earth,” Abe said in a speech at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, near the bomb’s epicenter.

“We will take an initiative in the international community and devote ourselves wholeheartedly toward the abolition of nuclear weapons and realization of peace,” Abe said. [Mainichi]


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