Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing in WWII

Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing in WWII

Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing in WWII

Abe said differences between the nuclear and non-nuclear states had widened, but he pledged to do more to bridge their gap.

The group played a key role in campaigning for the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was approved by the United Nations in July previous year.

The bombing of Hiroshima on August 6 in 1945 killed 140,000 people.

About 50,000 people, including Hiroshima residents and representatives from 80 countries, including U.S. Ambassador William Hagerty, attended this year's ceremony.

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Without naming specific nations, Matsui warned that "certain countries are explicitly expressing self-centered nationalism and modernizing their nuclear arsenals".

Organizers of this year's observance hope to draw attention to the treaty and have the U.S.be the first of the nuclear powers to take the first steps in ratifying it.

"Our nation, while maintaining our (non-nuclear weapons) principles, will patiently work to serve as a bridge between the two sides and lead efforts by the worldwide community" to reduce nuclear weapons, Abe said.

"Maintaining its three nonnuclear principles, our country is determined to make strenuous efforts to serve as a bridge between both parties", Abe said.

This computer graphic image provided by Fukuyama Technical High School shows a burning building just after an atomic bomb fell in Hiroshima, western Japan.

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in his message the legacy of Hiroshima is one of "resilience" and sought continued moral support from the "hibakusha".

A man burns a stick of incense at the cenotaph dedicated to the victims of atomic bombing at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.

Makita said for a long time the experience of the bombing was "so painful" to recall, but from around the 70th anniversary of the attack she has started to feel the need to share her experience with her grandchildren. Three days later, a second USA atomic bomb killed 70,000 people in Nagasaki.

"Those who knew the city very well tell us it's done very well. I want Japan to work toward eliminating nuclear weapons", Ota added.

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