Japanese mark 72nd anniversary of U.S. bombing of Nagasaki

Marie Harrington
August 10, 2017

Abe, in a speech that was nearly a repeat of what he said in Hiroshima, did not mention the United Nations nuclear ban treaty.

It was at 11:02 a.m., on August 9, 1945 - three days after the United States dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, killing about 140,000 people.

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue called for an end to countries' reliance on nuclear weapons as a means to protect themselves, as the southwestern Japan city marked the 72nd anniversary of the USA atomic bombing on Wednesday.

There are about 14,900 nuclear weapons in nine countries, the USA and Russian Federation having 6,000-7,000 each and all the rest 300 or less, with North Korea having fewer than 15.

"A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not too distant future these weapons could actually be used again", Taue said in Nagasaki's Peace Park.

Swords said news this week involving nuclear weapons and North Korea has increased the need for a call to action by the public.

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In Hiroshima's ceremony Sunday, Mayor Kazumi Matsui didn't demand Japan join the treaty but urged the government to do "everything in its power to bridge the gap between the nuclear weapons and non-nuclear weapons states, thereby facilitating its ratification".

The bombings claimed the lives of 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 74,000 more in Nagasaki.

"The Japanese government's stance of not even participating in the diplomatic negotiations for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is quite incomprehensible to those of us living in the cities that suffered atomic bombings", the Mayor said.

The average age of the survivors is more than 81 years.

The awful impacts of the bombings made Japan surrender on August 15, 1945, bringing an end to the war. He has ratcheted up global tensions, already high, taking the world closer to nuclear warfare than we've been for many years.

In May 2016, then US President Barack Obama made a visit to Hiroshima, but offered no apology for the US bombings.

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