Nagasaki marks 72nd A-bombing anniversary
NHK -- Aug 09
This week marks the 72nd anniversary of the two US atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On Wednesday, people gathered at a ceremony held at Nagasaki's Peace Park, close to where the bomb hit, to reflect in a moment of silence.

The park fell silent at 11:02 AM. That is the exact moment the bomb was dropped.

More than 70,000 people died in Nagasaki in 1945 alone. Among those in attendance were atomic bomb survivors, known as hibakusha.

Representatives from more than 50 countries including some nuclear powers also took part.

Nagasaki's Mayor Tomihisa Taue delivered a peace declaration.

Taue spoke about a treaty to ban nuclear weapons that was adopted last month at the UN headquarters by more than a hundred countries.

Nuclear powers did not participate in the negotiations. Neither did countries that depend on the nuclear powers for protection including Japan.

To leaders of these nations, mayor Taue said, "Please reconsider your policies of seeking to protect your nations through nuclear weapons. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obligates all its member states to achieve nuclear disarmament. Please fulfill this obligation. The whole world awaits your courageous decisions."

A message from the UN Secretary General was read by the UN Under-Secretary-General Izumi Nakamitsu.

It praised bomb survivors for their contributions to create a safer future. It also raised the issue of the nuclear weapons ban treaty.

長崎では72回目の原爆の日を迎えました。平和祈念式典で長崎市の田上市長は政府に対して、核兵器禁止条約への一日も早い参加を求めました。式典会場から報告です。 (佐藤綾子アナウンサー報告) 式典は9日午前に終わりました。
News sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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