Monday, 06 Aug, 2007 Current Events

Japan Marks the 62nd Anniversary of Hiroshima's Atomic Bombing


Japan will never forget Hiroshima. Recently the country market the 62nd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima during World War II. On Monday there was a solemn ceremony. During the ceremony the mayor of Hiroshima criticized the United States that ignored the proposal to stop its program for producing nuclear weapons.

The Peace Memorial Park gathered tens of thousands of children, elderly survivors, as well as dignitaries. The anniversary took place near ground zero, the place where the atomic bomb was dropped.

"Even to those who managed to survive, it was hell where they envied the dead," the Mayor of Hiroshima, Tadatoshi Akiba, stated while standing towards the crowd. He described the moments of bombing such as torn clothes and charred faces.

The mayor's speech was followed by 1,000 white doves that were released into the sky. Mr. Tadatoshi Akiba said that the Japanese government must protect its pacifist constitution and it should be should of it. He also mentioned that Japan should clearly say "no" to the old and wrong U.S. policies.

Then people in the crowd bowed their heads for a moment of silence. During this moment people listened to the Peace Bell at 8:15 a.m. which was rang by two children. 8:15 a.m. is the same time when in August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay B-29 bomber dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, western city of Japan.

"As the only country to have suffered atomic bombings in human history, we have the responsibility to hand down stories of this sad experience to the international community," Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said.

It is worth mentioning that the bomb had killed more than 140,000 people by the end of 1945, while the whole population of Hiroshima is 350,000. Later thousands more fell ill and received deadly injuries.

5,221 names of people who recently gone away were added to the list of victims. Today the total number of victims reached 253,008. Each years thousands of names are added to the list.

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