Japan Marks 74 Years Since End Of Wwii

Japan marks 74 years since end of WWII

People in Japan are observing a solemn anniversary on Thursday. August 15 is the day Japan marks the end of World War Two and prays for peace.

A government-sponsored ceremony will be held in Tokyo to remember about 3.1 million Japanese who died in the war.

About 6,000 people are expected to attend, including relatives of the war dead. The Emperor and Empress will also attend the service.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will give a speech. At noon, the participants will observe a minute of silence.

The Emperor, who ascended the throne in May, will also deliver a speech.

About 80 percent of the bereaved relatives who will attend the ceremony are aged 70 or older. Of six widows who plan to be there, the oldest is 97. Her husband died in a battle in Okinawa.

The attendees will include 125 descendants of war dead younger than 20. The aim is to pass on memories of the war to future generations.

Many other events to mourn the dead and promote peace will also be held across Japan.