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Japan marks 74th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing
日本紀念廣島原子彈轟炸 七十四週年

Students wear masks with slogans for peace during a rally in Mumbai, India, on Aug. 6 to mark Hiroshima Day.

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The mayor of Hiroshima urged Japan to sign a landmark UN treaty banning nuclear weapons as the city on Tuesday marked 74 years since being targeted in the world’s first atomic attack.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe led commemorations at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima as residents offered silent prayers, lit candles and placed wreathes to remember those killed in the Aug. 6, 1945 bombing.

Mayor Kazumi Matsui used the occasion to push the Abe administration to sign the UN treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons (TPNW), adopted by more than 120 nations, but rejected by the US and other nuclear-armed countries.

”I call on the government of the only country to experience a nuclear weapon in war to accede to the hibakusha’s (atomic bomb victims) request that the TPNW be signed and ratified,” said Matsui.

“I urge Japan’s leaders to manifest the pacifism of the Japanese constitution by displaying leadership in taking the next step toward a world free from nuclear weapons.”

The ongoing threat from atomic weapons in the region was demonstrated as nuclear-armed North Korea fired two “unidentified projectiles” off its eastern coast — the latest in a series of tests.

Japan remains the only country to have experienced atomic attacks — against Hiroshima and Nagasaki — days ahead of the country’s surrender on Aug. 15, 1945 to end World War II.










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