Nagasaki mayor: Threat of new nuclear attack growing

Randolph Lopez
August 10, 2017

"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.

A memorial ceremony has been held in the Japanese city of Nagasaki, which still bears the scars of the United States military's devastating atomic bombing 72 years ago in the closing days of World War II.

The first half of the marchers held signs, carried a giant puppet and waved black flags commemorating the anniversaries of when the United States dropped bombs on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 and Nagasaki on August 9, 1945.

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

At the August 9 ceremony, during which people observed a minute of silence, Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue criticized Japan's prime minister Shinz┼Ź Abe for staying out of a treaty that would ban nuclear arms.

A moment of silence took place as a bell was rung at the exact moment a US warplane dropped a plutonium bomb named "Fat Man" onto the city killed an estimated 74,000 people.

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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".

In a speech, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his commitment to "realizing a world without nuclear weapons".

The average age of the survivors is more than 81 years. Japan surrendered to the Allied Forces on Aug 15, 1945, marking the end of the war.

Paths to a world free of nuclear weapons have faced many challenges in recent years - a 20-year stalemate in multilateral disarmament negotiations, the expensive modernization of nuclear arsenals, and growing differences among countries about how to achieve the abolition of nuclear weapons.

Many in Japan believe that the U.S. nuclear attacks amount to war crimes as they targeted civilians.

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