You are here: Home » International » News » Others
Business Standard

Japan marks 72 years since Hiroshima bombing

Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945

AFP | PTI  |  Tokyo 

Two aerial photos of atomic bomb mushroom clouds, over two Japanese cities in 1945  Wikipedia
Two aerial photos of atomic bomb mushroom clouds, over two Japanese cities in 1945 | Photo: Wikipedia

today marked 72 years since the world's first nuclear attack on Hiroshima, with the nation's traditional contradictions over again coming into focus.

The anniversary came after sided last month with nuclear powers Britain, and the to dismiss a treaty banning atomic weapons, which was rejected by critics for ignoring the reality of such as


is the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, speaking at the annual ceremony at Peace Memorial Park near the ground zero, said hoped to push for the world without in a way that all countries can agree.

"For to truly pursue the world without nuclear weapons, we need participation from both nuclear-weapons and non- states," Abe said in his speech at the annual ceremony.

"Our country is committed to leading the community by encouraging both sides" to make progress toward abolishing nuclear arms, Abe added without directly referring to the treaty.

Japanese officials have criticised the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty as deepening a divide between countries with and without nuclear arms. None of the nine countries that possess took part in the negotiations or vote on the treaty.

Japanese officials routinely argue that they abhor nuclear weapons, but the nation's defence is firmly set under the nuclear umbrella.

suffered two nuclear attacks at the end of the by the -- in on August 6, 1945 and in Nagasaki three days later.

The bombings claimed the lives of 140,000 people in and 74,000 people in Nagasaki. Some died immediately while succumbed to injuries or radiation-related illnesses weeks, months and years later.

announced its surrender in on August 15, 1945.

Many in feel the attacks amount to war crimes and atrocities because they targeted civilians and due to the unprecedented destructive nature of the weapons.

But many believe they hastened the end of a bloody conflict, and ultimately saved lives, thus justifying the bombings.

became the first sitting president to visit in May last year, paying moving tribute to victims of the devastating bomb.

RECOMMENDED FOR YOU