Nagasaki Marking 74 Years Since Atomic Bombing

Nagasaki marking 74 years since atomic bombing

Friday marks 74 years since an atomic bomb was dropped over Japan's western city of Nagasaki. At a memorial ceremony in the city, the mayor called on Japan's government to join a UN treaty on banning nuclear weapons.

The ceremony began at the city's Peace Park at 10:40 a.m. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attended, along with survivors of the bombing, known as hibakusha. Families of those who died as a result of the attack also participated.

A register of 182,601 people who experienced the bombing and have since died were placed into a cenotaph. They include 3,402 who passed away in the past year.

The participants observed a moment of silence at 11:02 a.m., the exact time the bomb exploded on August 9, 1945.

Nagasaki Mayor Tomihisa Taue read out a peace declaration, quoting a poem by one of the hibakusha. The poem depicts the terrible damage caused by the bombing and calls for the tragedy never to be repeated.

Taue urged countries with nuclear arms to fulfill their duties under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

The mayor urged Japan's government to sign and ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted by the United Nations in 2017.