Japan yesterday marked 72 years since the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima, with the nation's traditional contradictions over atomic weapons again coming into focus.
Japanese city of Hiroshima is observing today 72nd anniversary of world's first atomic bomb attack of August 6, 1945, in which more than one hundred forty thousand people were killed.
Those who attend will call on the United States to join the countries that passed a legal treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons at the United Nations on July 7, a press release said. Japan is the only country to have suffered atomic attacks, in 1945.
Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui called for further global efforts to abolish nuclear weapons as the city marked the 72nd anniversary of the USA atomic bombing on Sunday.
"This hell is not a thing of the past", Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said at the ceremony.More news: United Kingdom model kidnapped and held captive in Italy for six days
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He warned against the stockpile of 15,000 nuclear weapons and unsafe rhetoric regarding their use.
"Humankind must never commit such an act, " he added, urging nuclear states, as well as Japan, to join the United Nations nuclear weapons ban treaty adopted in July.
Using last year's peace declaration as a reference point, Matsui repeated his description of nuclear weapons as "absolute evil".
"The states possessing nuclear weapons have a special responsibility to undertake concrete and irreversible steps in nuclear disarmament". (Credit: Jiji Press/AFP) Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech at the 72nd anniversary memorial service for the atomic bomb victims at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima.
In light of the Constitution, Hiroshima calls on the government to do all it can to bridge the gap between the nuclear weapon states and those that do not have such weapons to facilitate the treaty's ratification.