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Japan – Hiroshima marks 67th anniversary of atomic bombing

Monday, August 6, 2012


Laaska News  Aug.  6,  2012

Monday marks the 67th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima. A memorial ceremony will begin at the city’s Peace Park at 8 AM with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda attending.

The updated list of the names of 280,959 victims will be placed at the cenotaph. It will include the names of 5,729 people who died in the past year, or whose deaths have been confirmed.

Those attending the ceremony will offer a moment of silence at 8:15 AM, the exact time when the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945.

Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui plans to include a reference to the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant last year in his annual peace declaration.

He will call for the central government to swiftly establish an energy policy designed to protect people’s lives and safety.

Mayor Matsui will also call for the state to take a stronger leadership role in having other countries share the wishes of the residents of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
Aug. 5, 2012