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Tokyo: Commemorations will be held in Japan’s Nagasaki city on Sunday to mark the 70th year of US atomic bombing on the city, killing at least 70,000 people.

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A memorial ceremony will be organised in Nagasaki at 11.02 a.m (local time) exactly at the time when a US B-29 strategic bomber dropped a “Fat Man” atomic bomb on the city on August 9, 1945, reported TASS news agency.

A minute of silence will be observed in Japan. Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue will read out a declaration of peace, which calls for total nuclear disarmament.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will also address the people of Nagasaki. By tradition, a flock of white doves – symbols of peace – will be released.

The Nagasaki city administration said representatives of more than 80 countries will attend the memorial events this year.

Rose Gottemoeller, US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, as well as the US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, will represent the United States.

Britain and France have also sent their delegations to Nagasaki. Russian embassy employees will represent Russia. An Iranian delegation is attending the commemorations for the first time.

Nagasaki became the second Japanese city after Hiroshima to be subjected to US atomic bombings in August 1945.

(IANS)

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Japan commemorates 71st Anniversary of Hiroshima Nuclear Bombing on August 6

Washington argued the attacks were necessary to bring about a quicker end to the war and six days after the Nagasaki attack, Japan surrendered, ending the war

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center left, puts his arm around Japan's Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, center right, after they and fellow G7 foreign ministers laid wreaths at the cenotaph at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan. Image source: VOA
  • The Hiroshima bombing killed around 140,000 people- either instantly or from radiation burns in the immediate aftermath
  • Another bomb was dropped on the port city of Nagasaki three days later, killing an estimated 70,000 residents
  • Obama was the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site, this year in 2016

About 50,000 people attended a ceremony on Saturday, August 6, 2016, at Hiroshima’s Peace Park near the bomb’s epicenter, marking the 71st anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of Hiroshima that led to the end of World War.

Mayor Kazumi Matsui called on world leaders to visit the site, like U.S. President Barack Obama did in May, 2016.

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Like Obama, Matsui said that such visits “will surely etch the reality of the atomic bombings in each heart.”

The Hiroshima bombing killed around 140,000 people either instantly or from radiation burns in the immediate aftermath.

Hiroshima after the bombing. Image source: Wikimedia Commons
Hiroshima after the bombing. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Another bomb was dropped on the port city of Nagasaki three days later, killing an estimated 70,000 residents.

Washington argued the attacks were necessary to bring about a quicker end to the war.  Six days after the Nagasaki attack, Japan surrendered, ending the war.

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When he visited the site, Obama said, “We have a shared responsibility to look directly in the eye of history. We must ask what we must do differently to curb such suffering again. We must re-imagine our connection to one another as members of the human race.”

Obama is the first sitting U.S. president to visit the bomb site.  He did not offer an apology for the bombing.  He had said he would not revisit then president Harry Truman’s decision.(VOA)

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