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Japan – Nagasaki observes 67th A-bomb anniversary

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Laaska News August 9, 2012

The city of Nagasaki is observing the 67th anniversary of the US atomic bombing on Thursday.

The peace memorial ceremony is taking place shortly at the Peace Park near Ground Zero.

Mayor Tomihisa Taue is expected to refer to last year’s nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in his peace declaration at the ceremony.

He will call for specific measures to be adopted to replace nuclear power with renewable energy sources, and to clarify Japan’s energy policies.

He will also urge the international community to create a new framework banning the use of nuclear weapons, which he describes as inhumane.

The peace memorial ceremony will be attended by atomic bomb survivors, victims’ relatives, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and others.

Representatives from 42 countries will also be on hand, including US Ambassador to Japan John Roos, who will attend the event for the first time.

A silent prayer will be offered to the victims at 11:02 AM, the exact time the atomic bomb was dropped.

Aug. 9, 2012