Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Technology | By Russell Knight

Hiroshima mayor questions nuclear nations' nationalism, wants Japan to do more

Hiroshima mayor questions nuclear nations' nationalism, wants Japan to do more

Now it is safe to say that no one wants a repeat of what happened at Hiroshima, plus given today's weapons, we imagine that the fallout would be considerably worse.

Doves fly over the cenotaph dedicated to the victims of the atomic bombing during a ceremony to mark the 73rd anniversary of the bombing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.

In a speech during the ceremony, Abe said, "I'm determined to bridge nuclear and nonnuclear weapon states and lead global efforts".

"If the human family forgets history or stops confronting it, we could again commit a awful error", Matsui said at a memorial ceremony to remember the atomic bombing.

The anniversary comes as optimism has grown that North Korea may voluntarily denuclearize after Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and his U.S. counterpart, President Donald Trump, made statements implying as much after they met in Singapore in June.

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Also speaking at Monday's ceremony, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Japan will do more to bridge the widening gap between nuclear and non-nuclear nations, while reaffirming Tokyo's opposition to nuclear weapons.

Abe said in an apparent reference to the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons adopted last year that differences among countries about how to promote nuclear disarmament have become evident in recent years. It was the first use of nuclear weapons against human beings.

"We have to work on eliminating nuclear weapons", Tsuboi said at the meeting, held at a Hiroshima hotel.

A minute of silence was observed at 8:15 AM local time, the exact time the bomb was dropped by the USA on 6th of August in 1945.

Without naming specific nations, Matsui warned that "certain countries are explicitly expressing self-centered nationalism and modernizing their nuclear arsenals".

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"Maintaining its three nonnuclear principles, our country is determined to make strenuous efforts to serve as a bridge between both parties", Abe said. By investigating old photographs and accessing first-hand accounts of the bombing, the students were able to faithfully recreate Hiroshima in 1945.

This computer graphic image provided by Fukuyama Technical High School shows a burning building just after an atomic bomb fell in Hiroshima, western Japan. I really felt how scary atomic bombs can be.

The Hiroshima mayor regarded the nuclear weapons ban treaty as "a milestone along the path to a nuclear-weapon-free world", urging the government of Japan to play a role to help bring it into force.

Tomie Makita, 88, of Hiroshima pays a visit to the park every year on August 6 to remember the bombing that claimed the lives of her friends.

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