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Japan marks 73rd anniversary of atomic attack on Hiroshima

Japan marks 73rd anniversary of atomic attack on Hiroshima”

Ground zero at Hiroshima after the atomic bomb exploded 73 years ago.

"Certain countries are blatantly proclaiming self-centered nationalism and modernizing their nuclear arsenals, rekindling tensions that had eased with the end of the Cold War", Matsui said.

But reports suggest Tokyo is considering a summit soon between Kim and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with local media floating a possible meeting on the sidelines of an worldwide forum in Russia's Vladivostok next month. The bombings, the first atomic attacks on humans, closed World War II and opened the nuclear age.

Expressing hope that the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula will continue through dialogue, Matsui called on global leaders to make an worldwide treaty comprehensively prohibiting nuclear weapons a "milestone" toward the goal of ridding the world of nuclear arsenals. Japan, which hosts U.S. troops on its land and falls under the protections of the US's nuclear umbrella, has not signed the treaty.

But as with years past and, perhaps, for those in the future, while Japan has a tendency to focus exclusively on the inward tragedy that nuclear and chemical warfare has inflicted on it, many experts on the matter hope that Japan will also take the time to remember that its own involvements in World War II had also brought immeasurable suffering.

The US military dropped a second atomic bomb three days later on the city of Nagasaki, killing about 74,000, and Japan surrendered to Allied Forces on August 15, bringing an end to the war.

A bell tolled in Hiroshima as Japan marked 73 years since the world's first atomic bombing, with the city's mayor warning that rising nationalism worldwide threatens peace.

In Friday, Aug. 8, 2018, photo, Namio Matsura, 17-year-old member of the computation skill research club at the Fukuyama Technical High School, watches Hiroshima city before atomic bomb fell in virtual reality experience at the high school in Hiroshima, western Japan.

The anniversary comes as optimism has grown that North Korea may voluntarily denuclearize after Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un and his USA counterpart, President Donald Trump, made statements implying as much after they met in Singapore in June. "We in civil society fervently hope that the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula will proceed through peaceable dialogue", he added.

Abe, whose government has chosen not to participate in the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, said Japan had a responsibility to bridge the gap between nuclear and non-nuclear nations. "I never heard the words 'atomic bomb, '" he told NPR.

Speaking at the ceremony, Abe said Japan will try to act as a bridge between nuclear powers and non-nuclear states and lead global efforts for a world without nuclear weapons.



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