Japan has called for ‘a world free of nuclear weapons’, saying they are striving for ‘eternal world peace’.
In a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the destructive Hiroshima bombing, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said existing non-proliferation treaties should be strengthened.
The U.S dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6 1945, and then another on Nagasaki three days later.
The Hiroshima bomb detonated 600 metres above the city, killing 140,000 people and effectively ending the Second World War.
50,000 people including representatives from 80 nations and the EU attended the memorial event which took place near Hiroshima’s ground zero at Peace Memorial Park.
Unfortunately, the commemoration of the event has been majorly overshadowed by the escalating threat posed by North Korea since they tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Hiroshima’s mayor, Kazumi Matsui, said
This hell is not a thing of the past.
As long as nuclear weapons exist and policymakers threaten their use, their horror could leap into our present at any moment. You could find yourself suffering their cruelty.
Mr Matsui also expressed that if a nuclear bomb was dropped today, it would cause greater damage than the Hiroshima bomb combined with the Nagasaki one.
Japan is the only country to have come under nuclear attack and uses the ‘never again’ mantra.
Barack Obama was the first U.S President to visit Hiroshima last year, and of course trigger-happy Donald Trump criticised this move towards peace and thought he should have brought up Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbour instead…
It’s not really the time or place though is it.