Japanese Prime Minister Abe calls for: stop nuclear weapons

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The commemoration ceremony that Abe engaged for his repeated appeal was less than usual due to the coronavirus outbreak. Elderly survivors of the bombing, diplomats and politicians sat at an appropriate distance from one another across from the iconic domed ruin that serves as a memorial to the Hiroshima bombing.

Little Boy

At 8:15 a.m. local time, when the American bomb nicknamed Little Boy was dropped, attendees observed a minute of silence.

The Japanese Prime Minister called on fighting and arguing countries to engage in a dialogue to address threats to international security. Abe added that Japan will persist in its principles of never owning, making or introducing a nuclear weapon.

“As the only country that has ever suffered a nuclear attack, it is our duty to contribute to a world without nuclear weapons,” said Abe. He added that Hiroshima’s recovery strengthens his determination to overcome the coronavirus.

Nationalist sentiment

After the commemoration, the mayor of Hiroshima warned about the nationalist sentiment that led to World War II. “We should never allow this painful history to repeat itself. Civil societies must reject self-centered nationalism and unite against all threats,” he said.

The bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, killed an estimated 140,000 people. Three days later, the United States Air Force also dropped a nuclear bomb on the city of Nagasaki. The then Japanese Emperor Hirohito then decided to capitulate on August 15, officially ending World War II.

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