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Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing

08 August 2018, 06:58 | Casey Mitchell

Hidekazu Tanaka left stands beside Jan Letzel's original conceptual drawing of the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall

Hidekazu Tanaka left stands beside Jan Letzel's original conceptual drawing of the Hiroshima Prefectural Commercial Exhibition Hall

In Ashland Monday morning, a brief ceremony marked with the sound of a gong signaled the beginning of a four-day ceremony and the moment when the first of two atomic bombs exploded onto the world stage.

They can enter the post office and the Shima Hospital courtyard, where the skeletal remains of a building now known as the Atomic Bomb Dome stand on the river's banks, a testament to what happened.

Nuclear deterrence and nuclear umbrellas are "inherently unstable and extremely dangerous" approaches that seek to maintain global order by only generating fear in rival countries, he said, urging world leaders to negotiate in good faith to eliminate nuclear arsenals instead in a year when President Donald Trump pledged to increase the US nuclear arsenal.

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Without naming specific nations, he warned that "certain countries are explicitly expressing self-centred nationalism and modernising their nuclear arsenals". Japan, which hosts United States troops on its land and falls under the protections of the US's nuclear umbrella, has not signed the treaty. He urged world leaders to negotiate in good faith to eliminate atomic arsenals. Over two years, the group of Japanese high school students has been painstakingly producing a five-minute virtual reality experience that recreates the sights and sounds of Hiroshima before, during and after the US dropped an atomic bomb on the city 73 years ago.

Survivors, their relatives and other participants marked the 8:15 a.m. blast with a minute of silence.

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

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"We in civil society fervently hope that the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula will proceed through peaceable dialogue, " he said. Three days later, another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, killing an estimated 40,000 people.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan is determined to lead efforts to bridge deepening rifts between countries that possess nuclear weapons and those that do not.

But he pledged to do more to bridge their gap.

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Speaking at the ceremony, Abe said Japan will try to act as a bridge between nuclear powers and non-nuclear states and lead worldwide efforts for a world without nuclear weapons.



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