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Nagasaki, 75 Years After the Atomic Bombing

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Nagasaki, 75 Years After the Atomic Bombing

Nearly 500 people commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing on August 9. The number of participants was cut to a tenth of the usual number due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Attendees included dignitaries from 68 countries, including nuclear states such as the United States and Russia. Nagasaki Mayor Taue Tomihisa applauded the a-bomb survivors to show respect and gratitude for having told their stories. He criticized that the nuclear-weapon states are taking too much time to achieve nuclear disarmament.

Nagasaki Mayor Taue Tomihisa / The novel coronavirus disease, global warming and the problem of nuclear weapons share one thing in common. They affect all of us who live on this earth. Let us clear a path to a world free of nuclear weapons and walk down it together.

The mayor also urged the central Japanese government to join a UN pact on the prohibition of nuclear arms. But Prime Minister Abe Shinzo did not refer to the treaty in his address. He said Japan will continue efforts toward achieving a world free of nuclear weapons.

Over the past year, 3,406 people who survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki died, bringing the total number of victims to 185,982.