Aug. 6 (Xinhua/GNA) - Hiroshima, a Japanese city hit by a U.S. atomic bomb at
the end of World War II, marked the 74th anniversary of the bombing on Tuesday.
An annual memorial
ceremony, held at the Peace Memorial Park near Ground Zero, was attended by
about 50,000 audiences paying respect, including representatives from about 90
countries and regions.
Minister Shinzo Abe delivered a speech during the ceremony, stressing the
importance of continuing efforts to realize "a world free of nuclear
As the only country
that has experienced atomic bombings in war, Japan's duty to eliminate nuclear
weapons remains unchanged even in the Reiwa era, Abe said.
determination to serve tenaciously as a mediator between nuclear weapon states
and non-nuclear weapon states and take the lead in making such efforts in the
international community, he said.
Japan will also
continue to promote policies considerate of "hibakusha," namely
atomic bomb survivors in Japan, he added.
mayor of Hiroshima, delivered the Peace Declaration commemorating 74 years
since the atomic bombing.
He called on the
central government to "accede" to the request from hibakusha that the
UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons be "signed and
Japan's leaders to manifest the pacifism of the Japanese Constitution by
displaying leadership in taking the next step toward a world free from nuclear
weapons," Matsui said.
atomic bomb named "Little Boy," dropped onto Hiroshima in western
Japan by a U.S. bomber, exploded above the city at 8:15 a.m. local time on Aug.
6, 1945, killing an estimated 140,000 people by the end of the same year.
Nagasaki was also
hit by an atomic bomb on Aug. 9, 1945, prompting Japan's surrender and the end
of World War II.