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Japan: Hiroshima marks 74th anniversary of atomic bomb03:37

Japan: Hiroshima marks 74th anniversary of atomic bomb

Japan, Hiroshima
August 6, 2019 at 04:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hiroshima's Memorial Peace Park on Tuesday, to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the US dropping the atomic bomb on the city. Among the attendees were several high-level politicians, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

After laying a wreath at the ceremony, Abe addressed those in attendance, saying "we should not repeat the tragedy brought to Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the nuclear bomb. As the only one country exposed to the nuclear bomb, it is [our] mission which will never change, even as the new Reiwa era came, to continuously make efforts in order to make the world in peace without holding any nuclear weapons."

The atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 in what became the closing days of World War II, and marked the first time a nuclear device had ever been used in war.

Over 20,000 Japanese soldiers and around 140,000 civilians were killed in the Hiroshima bombing, which was conducted in concurrence with a second atomic bombing of Nagasaki, where the death toll is estimated to be around 74,000. Many died immediately while others succumbed to injuries or passed-away due to radiation-related illnesses weeks, months and years later.

Japan: Hiroshima marks 74th anniversary of atomic bomb03:37
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Tens of thousands of people gathered in Hiroshima's Memorial Peace Park on Tuesday, to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the US dropping the atomic bomb on the city. Among the attendees were several high-level politicians, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

After laying a wreath at the ceremony, Abe addressed those in attendance, saying "we should not repeat the tragedy brought to Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the nuclear bomb. As the only one country exposed to the nuclear bomb, it is [our] mission which will never change, even as the new Reiwa era came, to continuously make efforts in order to make the world in peace without holding any nuclear weapons."

The atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 in what became the closing days of World War II, and marked the first time a nuclear device had ever been used in war.

Over 20,000 Japanese soldiers and around 140,000 civilians were killed in the Hiroshima bombing, which was conducted in concurrence with a second atomic bombing of Nagasaki, where the death toll is estimated to be around 74,000. Many died immediately while others succumbed to injuries or passed-away due to radiation-related illnesses weeks, months and years later.

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