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.
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.