Survivors joined by their family, and government officials gathered Thursday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Hiroshima Bombing.
Hiroshima was the site of the world’s first atomic bomb drop on August 6, 1945.
The bomb destroyed the city and killed 140,000 people.
Three days later, the United States dropped a second bomb on Nagasaki, which killed another 70,000.
World War II officially ended with Japan’s surrender on August 15, 1945.
Despite the tragic loss of human life, governments, including Japan, refuse to sign a nuclear weapon ban treaty.
The survivors, their family, and government officials marked the 8:15 a.m. blast anniversary with a minute of silence.
A Call For Action
Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui, in his peace declaration, urged world leaders to sign, ratify, and become a party to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. He further emphasized that Japan “as the only nation” to suffer from a nuclear attack should “persuade the global public to unite with the spirit of Hiroshima.”
“The only way to totally eliminate nuclear risk is to totally eliminate nuclear weapons,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres through a video message.
He was scheduled to fly in from New York to attend the ceremony but had to cancel because of the coronavirus.
Keiko Ogura, 83, a hibakusha or atomic bombing survivor, calls on non-nuclear states to “pressure” Japan into signing the treaty.
“Many survivors are offended by the prime minister of this country because he does not sign the nuclear weapons prohibition treaty,” she said.
Although the government wants to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world, Prime Minister Shinzō Abe said that there is a “different approach” to promote nuclear weapon abolition. Japan maintains its position to not sign the treaty.
The peace ceremony at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park was attended by less than a thousand.
Attendees were scaled down amid COVID-19 worries.