Japan marks 75th anniversary of world’s first atomic bombing. The memorial service for those killed in the coronavirus epidemic on Thursday has been shortened.
This year’s main memorial service in Hiroshima was attended by survivors of the attack, relatives of those killed and injured, and many foreign dignitaries. The show has been aired online.
Many of the participants in the ceremony wore black robes and wore face masks to take part in silent prayers at 8:15 a.m. at the site of the first atomic bombing in Hiroshima.
Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui warned against nationalism, saying that was why World War II had broken out. He called on the world to unite in tackling global threats like the Corona epidemic.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to do his utmost to help the world achieve a nuclear-free and lasting peace.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a video message that “the only way to completely eliminate the threat of an atomic bomb is to destroy all atomic bombs.”
The Little Boy bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killed about 140,000 people, most of them instantly. Others died of radiation, severe burns and other injuries within weeks and months of the attack. Three days later, the United States dropped its second atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan. It killed 64,000 people.