Sunday, August 9, 2015

Nagasaki to remember 1945 US atomic bombing victims

Commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the Japanese port city of Nagasaki will take place in Japan on Sunday.

A memorial ceremony will start at the Peace Park in Nagasaki at 11:02 local time (05:02 Moscow time) exactly at the time when a US B-29 strategic bomber dropped a "Fat Man" atomic bomb on the city on August 9, 1945. A minute of silence will be observed in Japan. Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue will read out a Declaration of Peace, which calls for total nuclear disarmament. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also address the people of Nagasaki. By tradition, a flock of white doves - symbols of peace - will be released into the sky over the city.

The Nagasaki city administration said representatives of more than 80 countries would attend the memorial events this year. Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, as well as U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy will represent the United States. Britain and France have also sent their delegations to Nagasaki. Russian embassy employees will represent Russia. An Iranian delegation is attending the commemorations for the first time.

Nagasaki became the second Japanese city after Hiroshima to be subject to US atomic bombings in August 1945.



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  1. The city of Nagasaki marked the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing Sunday with calls to abolish nuclear weapons and halt the Japanese government's push to loosen restrictions on what its military can do....

    With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in the audience, a representative of Nagasaki bomb survivors told an annual ceremony that security legislation introduced by Abe's government goes against the wishes of the survivors and "will lead to war."

    "We cannot accept this," 86-year-old Sumiteru Taniguchi said, after describing in graphic detail his traumatic injuries and how others died in the Aug. 9, 1945, attack on Nagasaki.

    Representatives from 75 countries, including US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy, were among those gathered under a tall white canopy to shade them from the sun on a 31-degree-Celsius morning at Nagasaki Peace Park......


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