Aug 6: Hiroshima Day held without Yasukuni Shrine controversy this year

Randolph Lopez
August 7, 2017

Three days later, the US dropped a second atomic bomb on another Japanese city, Nagasaki, effectively ending World War II.

Japan yesterday marked 72 years since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, with the nation's traditional contradictions over atomic weapons again coming into focus.

But the threat lends a deeper sense of alarm in Hiroshima, where 140,000 people died in the atomic-bomb attack on Aug 6, 1945, which was followed three days later by another that killed more than 70,000 people in Nagasaki.

"Here in Hiroshima city, I renew my pledge to do my utmost to realize the nuclear free world and the eternal peace", Abe said at the ceremony.

Mayor Kazumi Matsui said, as per Associated Press, that "hell is not a thing of the past", while urging that the "absolute evil" of atomic weaponry be banished.

They have reminded the world of the devastating humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons, he said, expressing United Nations support for a global effort towards a world free of nuclear weapons.

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"The states possessing nuclear weapons have a special responsibility to undertake concrete and irreversible steps in nuclear disarmament".

He referred to the adoption in July 2017 of the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons by United Nations member states as a positive development.

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

"Today, we pledge together with the millions of people all over the world to work tirelessly for the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and all weapons", said a student.

US President Barack Obama's unprecedented visit to Hiroshima in 2016 wasn't the source of controversy over the world's first nuclear attack so much as a reflection of the fact that this controversy never really goes away.

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