Japan commemorates the 72nd anniversary of the atomic bombing on Hiroshima

Marie Harrington
August 7, 2017

No sitting U.S. president had ever visited this city, destroyed by an atomic bomb on August 6, 1945, in one of the final moves of World War II.

With the presence of some 15,000 nuclear weapons on earth, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Sunday urged all States to intensify their efforts in the shared pursuit of a nuclear-weapons-free world.

Participants at the ceremony, held at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, offered a minute of silence at 8:15 a.m., the exact time when the USA atomic bomb was dropped on the city on August 6, 1945. Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945.

This year's ceremony at Peace Memorial Park near ground zero in Hiroshima follows the adoption by 122 United Nations members of the world's first treaty to comprehensively ban nuclear weapons.

In light of the Constitution, Hiroshima calls on the government to do all it can to bridge the gap between the nuclear weapon states and those that do not have such weapons to facilitate the treaty's ratification. This has brought deep unease in Hiroshima, even as many Japanese appear resigned to the growing threat.

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"Our dream of a world free of nuclear weapons remains far from reality".

None of the nine countries that possess nuclear weapons took part in the negotiations or voted on the treaty.

Since then, nuclear proliferation has created a risky modern world, with many nations now capable of using nuclear weapons on their neighbor.

Many in Japan feel the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki amounted to war crimes and atrocities because they targeted civilians, and also because of the unprecedented destructive nature of the weapons.

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