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Nagasaki commemorates 72nd anniversary of A-bombing

10 August 2017

"A strong sense of anxiety is spreading across the globe that in the not too distant future these weapons could actually be used again", Taue said in Nagasaki's Peace Park.

To accelerate Japan's surrender in WWII, the US forces dropped two atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively on August 6 and August 9, 1945.

Taue's remarks came at a time when Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) have been eyeing making Japan's first-ever postwar amendment to the pacifist charter.

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Japan's absence in the diplomatic negotiations on the United Nations Treaty on the Nuclear Prohibition, which was adopted in July, was "incomprehensible to those of us living in the cities that suffered atomic bombings", Taue said.

"The global situation surrounding nuclear weapons is becoming increasingly tense", Taue said at Nagasaki's Peace Park.

The bombings claimed the lives of 140,000 people in Hiroshima and 74,000 more in Nagasaki.

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The outspoken mayor praised the atomic bombing survivors, or "hibakusha", for their lifelong devotion to the effort. "On that day, furious blast and heat rays reduced the city of Nagasaki to a charred expanse of land". A dumbfounded mother stood beside her child who had been burnt black. "Unable to obtain adequate medical treatment many of these people fell dead, one by one". City Council President Randy Staver and Dr. Ahmad Nassr will speak, letters from the mayors of Nagasaki and Hiroshima will be read, then candles in the lanterns will be lit and floated on Silver Lake at dusk. But he said "Japan is determined to lead the global community.by continuing to appeal to both sides" - ones with and without nuclear weapons.

Also attending the ceremony were representatives form 60 nations and the European Union, including all five recognized nuclear powers - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States.

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Nagasaki commemorates 72nd anniversary of A-bombing