Hiroshima marks 75th atomic bomb anniversary with call for unity in pandemic


HIROSHIMA: Japan marked the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing on the city by the United States on Thursday, with its mayor urging the international community to unite against serious threats to humanity. The general public was kept away, with the ceremony instead broadcast online.

After a moment of silence was observed at 8:15 a.m., the exact time of the bombing on Aug. 6, 1945, Matsui said in a speech that Hiroshima recovered as a result of people working closely together to avoid a repeat of its tragic past.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe In his speech, said each country must step up efforts to “remove a sense of mistrust through mutual involvement and dialogue,” amid the severe security environment and widening differences between nations’ positions on nuclear disarmament.

In a video message, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who had to cancel his initial plan to be part of the event due to the pandemic, said, “The only way to totally eliminate nuclear risk is to totally eliminate nuclear weapons.”

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