Japan calls for abolishment of nuclear weapons on Hiroshima anniversary

Every year on August. 6, Hiroshima becomes a city of mourning.


Doves fly over the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in western Japan on August 6, 2015 during a memorial ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

It is unclear whether the paper purposefully made the change, or if it was a mistake made by the reporter when writing the article.

About 140,000 people are estimated to have been killed in the attack, including those who survived the bombing itself but died in the folllowing days, weeks and months from severe radiation exposure.

“It also underscores the importance of the agreement we’ve reached with Iran to reduce the possibility of more nuclear weapons“, said Kerry, who is attending a meeting of regional leaders in Kuala Lumpur. A “black rain” of radioactive particles followed the blinding blast and fireball, and has been linked to higher rates of cancer and other radiation-related diseases among survivors. “Surely, you will be impelled to start discussing a legal framework, including a nuclear weapons convention”.

Seventy years on, many with memories of the war and its aftermath are scathing about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s efforts to pass security bills that could send troops into conflict for the first time since World War II, sparking massive protests around the country.

The US was represented at the Hiroshima ceremonies yesterday by its ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, and undersecretary of state Rose Gottemoeller.

The bombings remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in history.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano marked the anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bomb attack at the Museum of American Armor.

“But sadly, we are seeing this tradition in Japan being reoded by the Abe government as it begins to dismantle the so-called peace constitution and doggedly pursue nuclear power at the expence of clean, safe renewables”.

Setsuko Thurlow, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, described her experience.

In the decades since, Japan has forged a new self-narrative as victim, as well as expansionist aggressor that was the cause of the Pacific War.

One composite image shows the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall in ruins – and as it is now after being renamed the Atomic Bomb Dome.


Although the number of nuclear weapons has declined after the Cold War, there are several countries that still have or acquired nuclear weapons, most recently North Korea.

US diplomat Hiroshima atom bombing should never be repeated