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Hiroshima Marks 75th Anniversary of A-Bomb

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Nearly 800 people, fewer than a tenth of the usual number of attendees, commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing amid the coronavirus pandemic. The figure accounts for less than a tenth of the usual number due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

People in the city observed a moment of silence at 8:15 a.m., the exact time the American bomb struck the city of Hiroshima.

Hiroshima Mayor Matsui Kazumi told reporters, "It is Hiroshima's duty to build a consensus in civil society to unite the world to abolish nuclear weapons and realize enduring world peace."

The average age of atomic bomb survivors, or Hibakushas, are now over 83 years of age. Nearly 324,000 people are listed as having perished from the bomb.